MSCS Undergraduate Studies


Preparation for a career as an Actuary


Actuarial Science involves the application of probability, statistics, and mathematics to insurance, pensions, and risk management and evaluation. The professional path to becoming an actuary involves passing a series of exams administered by the Society of Actuaries ( and the Casualty Actuarial Society ( The two societies work together for several of the early examinations and maintain a useful informational site Preparing to become an actuary does not require a major in actuarial science, but does require adequate preparation for beginning the examination process.


The Department has prepared this Program of Study to prepare a student for the first exams and receive VEE (Validation by Educational Experience) for three areas no longer required as tests (Applied Statistical Methods, Corporate Finance, and Economics). A student may complete these requirements by way of a Mathematics or Computational Mathematics major with a Business minor, an Interdisciplinary major in Applied Mathematical Economics, an Economics major, or any Business major.


Any student who has interest in the Actuarial Science Program is urged to consult the Actuarial Science Coordinator, Dr. Stephen Merrill, for information on course offerings and details of the Program.



Recommended Undergraduate Program of Study


 MATH 1450, MATH 1451 (Calculus I and II)


 MATH 4700 (Probability) -- Test P


[{MATH 4720 (Statistical Methods) or MATH 4780 (Regression Analysis)}

                       & MATH 4760 (Time Series Analysis)]   -- VEE Applied Stat. Meth.

or ECON 4060 (Introduction to Econometrics)


 MATH 4931 (Intro to Actuarial Science – a “Topics” course) -- Test FM


 ACCO 1030, ACCO 1031 (Financial and Managerial Accounting)


 ECON 1003, ECON 1004 (Micro and Macro Economics)  -- VEE Economics


 FINA 3001 (Financial Management) – VEE Corporate Finance


Internships are strongly recommended. In this area consider


Northwestern Mutual


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