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Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions.

Virginia Tech Student Advising Handbook 2020-2021

As a math major, your academic advisor is a faculty member who can discuss details of course and career advice throughout your undergraduate career.

Spring 2021 Quicklinks

FAQ Highlights

The course drop deadline has been extended until December 9, 2020 at midnight. A course drop can now be used in place of the W grade policy. Important considerations before dropping a course are outlined on this website. Discuss the decision with your academic advisor.

If you want to drop a Fall 2020 course(s) during the extended drop period:

  • and have already submitted course withdrawal paperwork, you should have received an email on November 18 from the Registrar's office about this. Respond to that email and follow its directions.
  • and have not submitted course withdrawal paperwork, this can be done through Drop/Add in HokieSpa.

The Course Withdrawal (“W” grade) request deadline for the Fall 2020 semester is Wednesday, December 9, 2020. A final grade of a "W" is denoted on a student's transcript for each course where a Course Withdrawal is applied. Students are permitted to withdraw from up to three courses during their academic career at Virginia Tech. Discuss the decision with your academic advisor.

 To submit a Course Withdrawal request:

  1. Download and complete the College of Science Course Withdrawal Form
  2. Discuss the decision with your academic advisor and request their signature on your completed form.*
  3. Upload the completed and signed form HERE.

*Note: If you are having trouble obtaining your advisor's signature, upload the completed form without an advisor's signature to the link in step 3 and email mathadvising@math.vt.edu.

Students can change their math degree option during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021. To change your math degree option:

  1. Download the College of Science Change of Major Form and fill in the topmost box with your student information.
  2. Fill in the bottom-left portion using the following acronyms for degree options: ACM (computational), ADM (discrete), MSTR (math ed).
    • If you are changing out of the traditional degree option, mark the box for Option next to "Add" and type the acronym for your new degree option on the line provided.
    • If you are changing into the traditional degree option, mark the box for Option next to "drop" and type the acronym for your current degree option on the line provided.
    • If you are changing from one option to another, neither of which is traditional, mark the box for Option next to "Add" and type the acronym for your new degree option on the line provided. Then mark the box for Option next to "drop" and type the acronym for your current degree option on the line provided.
  3. Sign the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. Upload the completed form HERE.

Students can change their major to mathematics during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021.

Students who want to change their primary major to math can apply through Hokie Spa. Click here for step-by-step instructions. IMPORTANT: New students will not be able to access change of major in Hokie Spa until Fall 2020 grades are posted (probably around December 19).

Students can add math as a second major during any of VT's three common change of major periods. The next change of major period for non-restricted majors is December 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021.

Students who want to add math as a secondary major, dual degree, etc. will need to complete a change of major form and cannot complete the process through Hokie Spa.

  1. Download the College of Science Change of Major Form and fill in the topmost box with your student information.
  2. Fill in the bottom-right portion for the degree option that you want to add according to the table below.
  3. Next to "Add", fill in:  Degree Option
    MATH traditional (no option)
    MATH-ACM applied computational
    MATH-ADM applied discrete
    MATH-MSTR math education
  4. Sign the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  5. Upload the completed form HERE

Students can add or drop a math minor anytime. No appointment is necessary.

  1. Download the College of Science Change of Major Form and fill in the topmost box with your student information.
  2. In the bottom-left portion, mark the box for minor next to "Add" or "Drop" (whichever you are doing) and type MATH on the line provided.
  3. Sign the bottom of the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. Upload the form.

Student Forms

Visit the College of Science Forms page to download the following forms:

  • Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere
  • Change of Major/Minor
  • Experiential Learning (Undergraduate Research/Independent Study)
  • Course Withdrawal
  • and more...

Students submitting an Authorization to Take Courses Elsewhere form should discuss their course choices with their academic advisor, then email Jessica Hurdus for instructions to complete and submit the form.

Instructions for completing a course withdrawal form can be found in the FAQ Highlights section above.

All other form submissions and questions should be directed to Sadie Powell.

Are you a junior or senior math major in the traditional degree option? To submit your Math-Related Course Plan:

  1. Download and complete the fillable Math-Related Course Plan FormDo not complete within a browser.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course plans and review the form.
  3. Once course plans are agreed upon by you and your advisor, both sign and date the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. Upload the signed form HERE. Must access through your VT Google account.
  5. The department will email you about final plan approval and documentation in DARS. Allow at least two weeks.

Are you a junior or senior math major in the ACM degree option? To submit your Applications Area Course Plan:

  1. Download and complete the fillable Applications Area Course Plan FormDo not complete within a browser.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your course plans and review the form.
  3. Once course plans are agreed upon by you and your advisor, both sign and date the form (digital, typed signature is fine).
  4. Upload the signed form HERE. Must access through your VT Google account.
  5. The department will email you about final plan approval and documentation in DARS. Allow at least two weeks.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Some advisors require appointment scheduling through Navigate. To see if your mathematics advisor schedules appointments this way, log in to Navigate and follow these directions. If you see appointment time options for your advisor, choose the one you’d like to schedule and follow the rest of the prompts on the screen. If you don’t see appointment options, then your advisor schedules appointments through email.

Schedule an appointment during the fall or spring semester through Navigate by selecting the service Explore Mathematics. Directions can be found here.

timeline showing advisor responsibility decreasing and student responsibility increasing over time

The student shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with the advisor. Over time, the partnership results in increased responsibility for the student. This is achieved through the student:

  • Communicating goals and concerns to the advisor in a respectful and sincere manner
  • Keeping abreast of their own academic progress and requirements related to their academic program
  • Making, keeping, and being prepared for appointments with the advisor
  • Informing the advisor of changes in plans and/or circumstances that might impact academic performance
  • Knowing departmental procedures for changing advisors
  • Bringing concerns regarding quality of advising to the attention of the advising unit

The advisor shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with undergraduate students. This is achieved through the advisor:

  • Communicating with students and delivering individualized and accurate information in a professional and sincere manner
  • Being informed of, and providing accurate information about current academic policies and procedures
  • Keeping appointments and being available for assistance
  • Providing appropriate referrals, contacts, and information
  • Conducting appropriate follow-up with students
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development
Important Dates
Dec 11-16 Final exams (online)
Jan 19
Spring 2021 classes begin (online); last day to withdraw from spring semester to avoid tuition and fees
Jan 25 Spring 2021 classes change to designated modality; Last day to add a class