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School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Message From The Dean

150 years, thousands of lives.

Oh! What an honor it is to be the Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (SMST). I feel truly honored to be a part of such a wonderful school. Whether you are a new student, an interested parent, a past alumnus, or one of our distinguished faculty members, I hope you will find our website a valuable asset.

The School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology offers many opportunities for our students. From Science to Mathematics and to my area of expertise … Computer Information Systems, we have opportunities that appeal to many. We provide small classroom settings where students can develop an understanding and an appreciation of the STEM discipline areas. 

SMST Mission

The School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is committed to providing a high quality education. We provide students with the capability to pursue rewarding professional careers and/or graduate studies across a variety of professions. This is performed by giving expert technical support, developing decision making skills, and fostering a technical achievement.

Our Departments

The School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology has three departments: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Information Systems/Computer Science. Our programs aim to systematically improve the STEM education in the context of our changing world and ultimately, to improve the quality of our students’ learning.

Our Natural Sciences department helps to develop students for such areas as medicine, research, and academia. One strength of the Natural Sciences department is that research is directed toward biological, chemical, and pre-medical sciences as well as being the center of interdisciplinary teaching and research. The Natural Science department now has a new modernized $700,000 laboratory with lab learning tables, chemical hoods, and technology enhancements. This new renovation will create the upgraded facility space needed for our students to continue to explore, research, engage, and learn.

Besides science experiences within the department, students have the opportunity to intern at either the Meharry Medical School Summer Enrichment Program or the Boston University Early Medical School Selection Program. Other opportunities include the Virginia-Nebraska Alliance Summer MCAT Preparatory Program.

Our Mathematics department provides a wide array of courses. Students who major in Mathematics can minor in Computer Science or Secondary Education. The Department also provides service courses for students not majoring in Mathematics, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science, or Natural Sciences.

The Computer Information Systems and Computer Science department tries to create an active and experiential learning environment to prepare students to be able to plan, design, and implement technology of today. Our students receive an actual hands-on approach to real world applications.

The Computer Information Systems and Computer Science department is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy consortium. Through the Microsoft IT Academy, Microsoft certifications can help validate student technology knowledge and skills. These industry certifications provide technology skills employers seek while offering hands-on experience with the latest Microsoft software and E-Learning courses.

All enrolled majors in the SMST receive personalized guidance from a full-time Career Coach, with the goal of focusing each student’s curricular and extracurricular activities on defined professional goals. The Career Coach helps each individual student choose a career path within his or her discipline, and assists in identifying specific skills and extracurricular activities required for a successful career start after graduation. Activities and enrichment programs give our students chances to network with both business and industry.

Our Faculty

Not only do we offer significant STEM programs, our school is diverse in many areas. We have world class faculty who have achieved many major accomplishments. From medical researchers to computer application programmers, the depth and breadth of the faculty experience of our school is second to none. 

We have fifteen faculty with terminal degrees and four with Masters level degrees in their areas. Our faculty care about our students and they try to give them insight to real world applications. Along with teaching our students, our faculty write grants, provide select certifications in computer software, and construct applied mathematics projects.


If you are a prospective student, please contact me and let me tell you about our wonderful programs in the School of Mathematics, Science, 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. 

SMST Departments

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)

  • Cyber Security: Minor in Accounting                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Cyber Security: Minor in Digital Forensics                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Cyber Security: Minor in Finance and Banking                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cyber Security: Minor in Mathematics 


Minor in Computer Science

The current revised computer science minor is perfect for the VUU STEM student who decides to enhance their degree with computer and technical knowledge.  This minor is available to mathematics, natural science, education, social work, psychology, and those majors with a higher concentration of mathematics above the pre-calculus and trigonometry level, or by permission of the CIS department.  The successful completion of 15 credits of computer science related coursework, general education courses, and other courses are required. 

Requirements (15 hours - A minimum grade of “C” is required.)

 CSC 201 Programming I 3 Credits
 CSC 205  Application Design I 3 Credits
 CSC 310  Data Structures 3 Credits
 Plus two from the following:
 CSC 305  Application Design II 3 Credits
 CSC 321  Internet Programming 3 Credits
 CSC 405  Numerical Analysis 3 Credits
 CSC 450  Special Topics in Computer Science 3 Credits

Minor in Cyber Security            

The cyber security minor is streamlined to include comprehensive computer information systems and security courses for cutting-edge knowledge of cyber-crime trends and mitigation of future attacks.  This option is available to business, mathematics, mass communications, criminology and criminal justice majors, or by permission of the CIS department.  The successful completion of 18 credits of cyber security related coursework, general education courses, and other courses are required.           

Requirements (18 hours - A minimum grade of “C” is required.)    

 CIS 214  Foundations of Cyber Crime and Security 3 Credits
 CIS 215  Foundations of Digital Forensics 3 Credits
 CIS 263  Networks and Telecommunication 3 Credits
 CCJ 180 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3 Credits
 CCJ 205 Criminology 3 Credits
 CCJ 314 Criminal Investigations   3 Credits

 For CCJ majors only - Restricted electives (6 hrs) in place of two CCJ courses above.

Minor in Computer Information Systems

A minor in computer information systems is perfect for the student who decides to enhance their degree with computer and technology courses.  This minor is available to business majors, criminology and criminal justice majors, mass communications majors, or by permission of the CIS department.  The successful completion of 15 credits of computer information systems related coursework, general education courses, and other courses are required.  

Requirements (Any 15 hours - A minimum grade of “C” is required)

 CIS 263  Networks and Telecommunication 3 Credits
 CIS 265  Electronic Commerce and Web Development   3 Credits
 CIS 360  Database Design and Implementation       3 Credits
 CIS 362  Computer Hardware / Software 3 Credits
 CIS 363  Operating Systems   3 Credits
 CIS 364  Systems Analysis and Risk Assurance 3 Credits
 CIS 368  Application Programming   3 Credits


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)


Minor in Mathematics                  

A minor in mathematics allows for students who have high aptitudes in computational analytics to work in a statistical environment were organizational data is analyzed. This minor option is available to all majors.  Business majors should take MAT 170 in place of MAT 160. 

Requirements (18 hours - A minimum grade of “C” is required).

 MAT 175 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry  4 Credits
 MAT 214 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I  4 Credits
 MAT 216 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II  4 Credits
 MAT 221 Linear Algebra   3 Credits
 MAT 427 Differential Equations 3 Credits

The Department of 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)


Minor in Biology

For mathematics, natural science, chemistry, or physics majors, or by permission of the Natural Sciences department.                                           

Requirements (A minimum grade of “C” is required.)

 BIO 111  General Biology I            4 Credits
 BIO 112  General Biology II   4 Credits
 BIO 115   Writing in the Sciences   1 Credit
 BIO 201   Microbiology  4 Credits
 BIO 213   Genetics     4 Credits
 Biology electives  4 Credits

Minor in Chemistry

For mathematics, biology, natural science, or physics majors, or by permission of the Natural Sciences department.  A minimum grade of “C” is required.

Requirements (26 hours)

 CHE 111  General Chemistry I  4 Credits
 CHE 112  General Chemistry II   4 Credits
 CHE 201  Quantitative Analysis  4 Credits
 CHE 210  Organic Chemistry I  4 Credits
 CHE 211  Organic Chemistry II 4 Credits
 CHE 415  Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 Credits
 Advanced Chemistry Electives 3 Credits

Minor in Physics

For biology, mathematics, natural science, or physics majors, or by permission of the Natural Sciences department.  A minimum grade of “C” is required.

Requirements (17 hours)

 PHY 251  University Physics I  4 Credits
 PHY 252  University Physics II 4 Credits
 PHY 305  Modern Physics   3 Credits
 Plus two from the following:
 PHY 315  Mechanics   3 Credits
 PHY 320  Electricity and Magnetism 3 Credits
 PHY 330  Thermodynamics 3 Credits
 PHY 405  Quantum Mechanics   3 Credits
 PHY 411  Advanced Laboratory I  3 Credits

Clubs and Organizations

Physics Club

Pre-Medical Club

Biology Club

Chemistry Club

Red Cross Club

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society- General scholarship honor society open to junior and senior men and women in all academic areas who meet the requirements of the society. The purpose of this society is to promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living; and to develop an appreciation for scholarship and scholarly endeavor in others. 

Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society- Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society is a collegiate honor society dedicated to the promotion of high scholarship in pure and applied sciences.

National Institute of Science Academic Society- This organization provides an opportunity for students and faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) to exchange information and present scholarly research papers in science and mathematics.

National Society of Black Engineers- With more than 30,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

Mathematics and Science Summer Institute

The Summer Mathematics and Science Institute provides recently graduated high school students with an on-campus living experience prior to the beginning of their freshman year while also introducing them to the scientific research process.  This is a four-week program that begins every June. For more information about the program, click here.

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.


The George Powell Scholarship for Academic Achievement in the Sciences or Mathematics- Established by Dr. Angela T. Powell, Class of 1985 in honor of her father, who attended and taught at VUU for a junior or senior student majoring in biology, chemistry, natural science or math to help defray the cost of applying to professional school

Virginia Union’s Community, Culture, Research Scholarship (CCR Scholars). A scholarship offered to academically talented students with financial need pursuing bachelor of science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Natural Sciences. Click here to apply.

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.


National Science Foundation Provides Funding for Research Certificate Program at Virginia Union

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Virginia Union University (VUU) nearly $380,000 to provide more intensive research experiences to students in the biological sciences.  The money will be used over a three-year period to implement an Undergraduate Research Certificate Program.  "The certificate is validation to graduate programs and employers that the student had a research-intensive curriculum," said Dr. Carleitta Paige-Anderson, principal investigator of the grant. 

     Dr. Paige-Anderson will work with co-principal investigator Dr. Vernon Ruffin to develop and implement course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in specific classes in the biology curriculum.  "Freshmen taking General Biology will be exposed to inquiry-based research that actively involves them in the development of a research project where the answer is unknown prior to completion of the research," Paige-Anderson stated.  At the end of freshman year, students can decide whether they wish to pursue a research certificate.  

Students choosing to pursue the certificate will receive grant funding to serve as peer teachers assisting students in freshman-level courses, participate in journal clubs discussing recent advances in science, as well as engage in research on or off campus with Drs. Paige-Anderson and Ruffin's scientific collaborators.  Once students complete significant research projects as part of a capstone course during their senior year, funding is available for them to present their research findings at scientific conferences throughout the country.

     "Expanding the university's research capacity is an excellent strategy for producing more graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)," Paige-Anderson added.  "There is evidence that students who participate in authentic research early in their academic careers are more likely to persist in the sciences." 

BEYA Conference

Students were able to participate in the BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference, hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Council of HBCU Engineering Deans, and the US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine & sponsored by Aerotek. This conference gave students the opportunity to network with recruiters and employers to advance their job search or academic success within the STEM fields. 

Faculty Sponsors, Iantha Malbon and Spencer Harold, with the students who attended the conference.

Students met with Devel Miles, a Virginia Union University alumni and Lockheed Martin recruiter, to discuss successful interview techniques.

Students discuss careers in the STEM field with Lockheed Martin.

Research & Grants

Green House- Students have the opportunity to explore plant science at the University Green House, which is located in Ellison Hall.  Contact Dr. Cobb-Abdullah with any questions about the Green House.

Person of Contact: Dr. Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah | |

Weather Station-  The Virginia Union University Weather Station, managed by physicist Dr. Francis Mensah, is a set of instruments and sensors on the roof of the Ellison Hall building.  It is composed of an onset Wind Speed smart sensor to measure wind speed in in/s or in m/s, a HOBO S-WDA Wind Direction Smart Sensor for wind direction measurement, a HOBO S-BPB-CM50 Barometric Pressure Smart Sensor which measures the actual atmospheric pressure. In addition to all these devices, VUU weather station can measure the real time solar radiation using the HOBO Silicon Pyranometer Sensor, an onset rain gauge smart sensor for rainfall measurement, a temperature/RH smart sensor to measure temperature and relative humidity, and a powerful HOBO RX3000 Remote Monitoring Station Data Logger needed for recording and retrieving data from the other devices and for remote Communications.  All of the data and the respective graphs can be accessed with the link below.

The objective of the Virginia Union University Weather Station is to help the University community to know the real time campus weather conditions by measuring the most climate parameters. It will also be used for courses in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Environmental Science, and Computer Science. 

Person of Contact: Dr. Francis Mensah | |

Telescope- The Virginia Union University Telescope helps to observe Sunspots, Galaxies, Planets, Stars, Solar and Lunar eclipses.

Person of Contact: Dr. Francis Mensah | | and Dr. Van Antwerpen | |

Laboratories- Students are able to conduct experiments, research, and class work in the laboratories in Ellison Hall.  

Through various grants, the Physics labs were able to be updated. These labs now  feature state of the art equipment, which is essential to learning and exploring the sciences.

Computer Labs are an intergral piece to the School of Mathematics, Science & Technology.  Students enrolled in Computer Information Systems classes will have access to three labs with a total of 50 computers available for their use.

Computer Laboratory | Ellison 109 | 18 desktops, one instructor, and one Overhead Projector

Computer Laboratory | Ellison 112 | 14 desktops, 1 Smart White Board, one instructor,   and one Overhead Projector

Computer Laboratory | Ellison 105 | 18 desktops, one instructor, and one Overhead Projector

Mathematics Laboratory | Ellison 105 |

Physics Laboratory | Ellison 115 |

Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory | Ellison 201 | 

General Biology Laboratories for Non-Science Majors | Ellison 202 |

Organic Chemistry, Genetics, and Microbiology Laboratory | Ellison 204 |

General Chemistry, Physiology, African American Perspectives Laboratory | Ellison 215 |

Physics Laboratory | Ellison 303 |

Biology Laboratory | Ellison 312 |

Chemistry Laboratory | Ellison 316 |