SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCES, AND TECHNOLOGY
The school of mathematics, sciences and technology 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 technical achievement.
SMST Goals and Objectives
1. To strengthen the quality of each degree program in the SMST by updating four year matriculation templates for each major.
2. To ensure the acquisition of and use of the best technology and equipment in the SMST by faculty in delivery of course subject matter and use of such by SMST students.
The School of Math, Sciences and Technology 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 MST 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.
The School of Math, Sciences, and Technology has three departments: Computer Information Systems/ Computer Science, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is offered in the major areas.
- Computer Science
Math & Science Summer Institute
The Summer Math and Science Institute provide students with an on campus living experience prior to the beginning of freshman year while introducing them to the scientific research process. This is a four week program beginning in June.
The Virginia/Nebraska Alliance
The School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) 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. The VUU point of contact for this program is Dr. Phillip W. Archer.
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 the partnering institutions, serves large minority and underrepresented populations. The majority of students from VUU and the partnering institutions come from socially, economically, culturally and academically 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 this MSEIP grant, faculty participants in the workshops were able to develop resource manuals for their courses that utilized critical thinking teaching methodology to address the critical thinking abilities of the STEM students at VUU.