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What it takes

If you have strong math skills, high levels of motivation, and an interest in applying intellectual talents to real world problems, actuarial science is for you. Applicants typically score 650 or higher on the math section of the SAT and have a combined math and verbal score of 1200 or higher. In your third and fourth years, you should expect to successfully complete at least two of the professional exams given by the SOA and the CAS. (There are more exams to learn about at www.beanactuary.org.)
In addition, internship opportunities are available to students in the program.

Actuarial Exams

Probability (P) Exam consists of three hours of multiple-choice questions offered through Computer-Based Testing (CBT). A thorough command of calculus and probability topics is assumed. Additionally, a very basic knowledge of insurance and risk management is assumed.

Financial Mathematics (FM) Exam consists of three hours of multiple-choice questions offered through CBT, covering interest theory (discrete and continuous). It assumes a knowledge of calculus and probability.

Courses in the Actuarial Science Minor

  • Accounting 210 Financial Accounting
  • Finance 310 Business Finance
  • Finance 380 Financial Mathematics
  • Math 360 Probability Theory, including three calculus prerequisite courses