Department Advisor

Advising Related Forms:

Change of  Major/Concentration Form
Change of  Minor Form
Historical Repeat Course Option [PDF]
Overload Approval Form [PDF]
‌Request to Take Courses at Another Institution

Advising Related Links:

Math Placement
Academic Appeals (ARAC)
Continuance in Academic Programs
Foreign Language Placement Testing for students who plan to continue studying a foreign language that they studied in high school.
Foreign Language Placement Verification for students who do NOT plan to take a foreign language at VCU.
Arts courses open to (not quite all) majors.
Course Equivalency Table

Other useful links:

Career Services
Mathematical Association of America Careers

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I choose an advisor? The mathematics department has moved to centralized advising. Robin C. Lawson is the department advisor

Schedule an Academic Advising Appoint.

May I get Credit by Examination? Yes, the Mathematics Department allows for Credit by Examination.

How do I declare a math major and concentration? All students requesting to add or change majors into any of the Concentrations in Mathematical Sciences must attend a Change of Major Workshop (currently on Zoom) before their requests can be considered.

  • The Workshop can also be helpful to students who are considering adding or changing majors into Mathematical Sciences but are still undecided.

To receive an invitation to the next Workshop, please submit the Change of Major Workshop Request Form.

How do I apply to graduate?

  1. Login into eServices, select “Student,” then “Student Records,” and then click on the “Apply to Graduate” link.
  2. If your program information is incorrect or you see the incorrect semester (for example Spring 2015 instead of Fall 2015), then you should call the Graduate Office at 828-1918 and request that your electronic check-out be reset.  You will need your V# when you call.
  3. You must check out once FOR EACH MAJOR. If you have a double or dual major, you will go through the application process twice, once for each major.

How often should I meet with my advisor? Students are required to meet with the department advisor each semester to plan the next semester’s course of study.  Advising meetings are several weeks before advanced registration begins.  Each semester students will receive an email from the department reminding them of the required meeting along with information about scheduling an appointment. During the semester that you plan to graduate, you will not need to meet during advising week since you will have already applied to graduate.

Is meeting with the department advisor mandatory?  Yes. Beginning Spring 2015, it is mandatory to meet with a department advisor each semester.  Failure to attend an advising meeting will result in a hold placed on your account and you will not be able to register for classes.

What happens if I do not meet with the department advisor?  If you do not meet with a department advisor, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for classes until the hold has been removed.  If a hold has been placed on your account, you need to contact and meet with the department advisor. After meeting with a department advisor, the hold will be removed so that you may register for classes.

Is there a form I can use to guide me through my program of studies?  The department advisor and you will use Degree Works to guide you through your program of study.  Students must complete the general education courses, mathematics core courses and the additional courses required for your concentration (Mathematics, Biomathematics, Applied Mathematics, Secondary Teacher Preparation or General Mathematics).

For more information, please contact one of, the chair of the department, Dr. Glenn Hurlbert ( or the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair, Dr. Aimee Ellington (

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