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SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCES, AND TECHNOLOGY 

SMST Mission
The School of Mathematics,Science and Technology (SMST) is committed to providing high-quality education in the disciplines of science and mathematics, providing students with the capability to pursue rewarding professional careers and/or graduate studies across a variety of professions requiring expert technical support, decision making and specialized achievement.  The SMST provides a supportive learning environment for its diverse population of students and offers instruction that employs cutting–edge technology for student involvement in undergraduate research and internships.  The SMST is committed to fostering partnerships with business, industry, local and global agencies that will strengthen and enhance the academic and professional development of its students.  Read our message from the dean. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Departments

Department of Computer Information Systems and Computer Science


The mission of the Department of Computer Information Systems & Computer Science is to create an active, experiential learning environment to prepare students of VUU to be able to plan, design and manage an e-commerce – ready enterprise architecture that is driven by effective and efficient business processes and supported by Web-ready integrated database environment.  


Majors (Bachelor of Science degree)

Computer Information Systems
Cyber Security



Minors

Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Cyber Security

Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics provides a wide array of courses. Students who major in Mathematics can minor in Computer Science or Elementary/Secondary Education. Students can also take courses which enable them to get into other fields of study such as, Engineering, Actuarial Science, and Information Technology. The courses are designed in accordance with the mission of the University in general and that of the Department in particular. The Department also provides service courses for students who are not majoring in Mathematics, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science, or the Natural Sciences.

Majors (Bachelor of Science degree)

Mathematics with Secondary Education
Mathematics with Computer Science
Mathematics

Minors

Mathematics

Natural Sciences

The mission of the Department of Natural Sciences is to prepare future generations of scientists for admission into graduate school, professional school, or for joining the workforce in academia, government, or industry. Since its inception, the department has been successful in producing competitive students to meet the challenges of a dynamic and changing global society. The department continuously seeks to enhance its programs by reevaluating and updating its curricula, supporting student research, and enriching its programs through competitively sought grants and contracts and other extramural sources of funding. 

Majors (Bachelor of Science degree)

Biology

Biology with Secondary Education
Chemistry
Chemistry with Secondary Education
Natural Science with Computer Science
Physics

Minors

Biology
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physics

Math & Science Summer Institute
The Summer Mathematics and Science Institute provide students with an on-campus living experience prior to the beginning of their freshman year while introducing them to the scientific research process.  This is a four-week program that begins every June.

The Virginia/Nebraska Alliance
 
The School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (SMST) is home for the VUU component of the Virginia/Nebraska Alliance (The Alliance).  The Alliance is a unique partnership between partners dedicated to addressing the national need to diversify the healthcare and medical research workforce.  The organization consists of Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) within Virginia and Nebraska including the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the University of Richmond (U of R), the University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Polytechnic and State University (VPSU), and the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) as academic partners.  The Alliance assists the MST in identifying summer experiences for students interested in pursuing professional careers in the health, basic sciences, and other disciplines.


Scholarships
The George Powell Scholarship for Academic Achievement in the Sciences or Mathematics.
  

MSEIP Critical Thinking Through Technology
The Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) project addresses the growing shortage of qualified and competent STEM majors by strengthening course curricula through the infusion of critical thinking through technology (CTTT).  Virginia Union University, like partnering institutions, serves large minority and underrepresented populations.  The majority of students from VUU and the partnering institutions come from socially, economically, culturally and academic disadvantaged backgrounds, and qualify for the Pell Grant and other financial assistance.  Minorities, as well known from current statistics, represent only a minute fraction of the sparse population of qualified scientists, engineers, doctors, etc. in our country.  Thus, the STEM programs at VUU and these institutions provide a national advantage to potential STEM majors through easy accessibility and other similar factors.  Through the MSEIP grant, faculty participants in the workshops were able to develop resource manuals for their courses that utilized critical thinking and teaching methodology to address the critical thinking abilities of the STEM students at VUU.