Actuarial Science Major Requirements & Schedule

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The goals of the actuarial science major curriculum are to supply a strong general background in mathematics, statistics, and relevant concepts within actuarial science and business, and to prepare students to take some of the national actuarial examinations administered by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Students may review the requirements and sample schedule for the Actuarial Science Major on the Actuarial Science Requirements and Sample Schedule [pdf] handout.

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Prerequisite Courses

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  • Econ 2001.01 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • Econ 2002.01 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
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Choose one of the following:

  • CSE 1222 Introduction to Computer Programming in C++ (3 cr.)
  • CSE 1223 Introduction to Computer Programming in Java (3 cr.)
  • CSE 2111 Modeling and Problem Solving with Spreadsheets and Databases (3 cr.)
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(New requirement for students starting Autumn 2020 and later)

Choose one of the following:

  • Comm 2367 Persuasive Communication
  • Comm 2110 Principles of Effective Public Speaking
  • Comm 2131 Business and Professional Speaking

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Major Courses

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  • Math 2153 Calculus III (4 cr.)
  • Math 2568 Linear Algebra (3 cr.)
  • Math 4530Probability (3 cr.)  or Stat 4201Introduction to Math Statistics I (4 cr.)
  • Stat 4202 Introduction to Math Statistics II (4 cr.)
  • Math 3588 Practicum in Actuarial Science (3 cr.)
  • Math 3618Theory of Interest (3 cr.)
  • Math 5632Financial Economics for Actuaries (3 cr.)
  • BusFin 3120 Foundations of Finance (3 cr.)
  • English 3304 Business and Professional Writing (New requirement for students starting Autumn 2020 and later)
  • Choose one of the following sequences:

Exams: 1SOA P/ CAS 1   2SOA FM/CAS 2   3SOA LTAM/CAS MAS1   4SOA IFM/CAS 3F 

5SOA STAM/CAS MAS1 and MAS 2

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Sample Four Year Schedule

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Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection. Students should complete the corresponding actuarial exam the semester after completing the correlate course.

Autumn Semester

Math 1151
CSE 12221223 or 2111
Econ 2001 or 2002
ARTSSCI 1100.01
GE
Total Hours:  15 credit hours

Spring Semester

Math 1152
AcctMIS 2000
Econ 2001 or 2002
English 1110
GE
Total Hours:   17 credit hours

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Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection. Students should complete the corresponding actuarial exam the semester after completing the correlate course.

Autumn Semester

Math 2153
Math 36182
GE
GE
GE
Total Hours:   16 credit hours

Spring Semester

Math 2568
Math 45301 or Stat 42011
*Comm 2367, 2110 or 2131
GE
GE
Total Hours:   16 credit hours

Actuarial Exams

SOA P/ CAS 1

SOA FM/CAS 2

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Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection. Students should complete the corresponding actuarial exam the semester after completing the correlate course.

Autumn Semester

Stat 4202
BusFin 3120
GE
GE
Total Hours:   13 credit hours

Spring Semester

Math 3588
Math 56324
*English 3304
GE
Total Hours:   12 credit hours

New requirement for students starting Autumn 2020 and later

Actuarial Exams

 4 SOA IFM/CAS 3F

 

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Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection. Students should complete the corresponding actuarial exam the semester after completing the correlate course.

Autumn Semester

Math 56303 
 -AND/OR- Math 56335
GEs
Electives
Total Hours:   12 credit hours

Spring Semester

Math 56313
 -AND/OR- Math 56345
GEs
Electives
Total Hours:   12 credit hours

Actuarial Exams

3 SOA LTAM/CAS MAS1

SOA STAM/CAS MAS1 and MAS 2

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The flow chart is an image of the course progression described on this page. Please use the interpretive major course requirements drop-down provided above.

Course Progression Chart - Actuarial Science