Actuarial Science, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Actuarial Science 

program website: Actuarial Science

program faculty: Actuarial Science Faculty

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overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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This major is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, and is an interdisciplinary subject involving mathematics, statistics, and financial economics. It is designed to prepare students to enter the actuarial profession, as well as to provide a background in quantitative finance and risk management. See also Mathematics and Mathematics and Computer Science.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Actuarial Science

Departmental distinction: To qualify for distinction, the student must take ASRM 472 (formerly MATH 472), have a grade point average in mathematics courses of at least 3.25, and pass at least two examinations offered by the professional actuarial societies. To qualify for high or highest distinction, the student must have passed at least three professional exams, with highest distinction going to those whose grade point averages in mathematics are at least 3.75. Finance courses and additional professional exams may also be given consideration in close decisions.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: normally equates to 57-59 hours including 29-30 hours of mathematics beyond calculus. Twelve hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Calculus through: 11-12
Calculus III (or equivalent )
Select one of the following:3
Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci
Intro Computing: Non-Tech
Intro to Computer Science
ASRM 210Theory of Interest (formerly MATH 210)3
ASRM 401Actuarial Statistics I4
or MATH 461 Probability Theory
ASRM 402Actuarial Statistics II4
ASRM 450Methods of Applied Statistics3 or 4
ASRM 406Linear Algebra with Financial Applications (formerly MATH 410)3 or 4
ASRM 471Life Contingencies I (formerly MATH 471)4
Select two of the following:6
ASRM 472Life Contingencies II (formerly MATH 472)3
ASRM 410Investments and Financial Markets (formerly MATH 476)3
ASRM 461Loss Models (formerly MATH 478)3
ASRM 469Casualty Actuarial Mathematics (formerly MATH 479)3 or 4
A third course from the list above or an approved section of MATH 490 (e.g. financial mathematics) 3
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
FIN 300Financial Markets3
FIN 321Advanced Corporate Finance3
Select two of the following:6
Inter Microeconomic Theory
Inter Macroeconomic Theory
Introduction to Insurance
Property-Liability Insurance
Managing Fin Risk for Insurers
Employee Benefit Plans