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Mathematics – Actuarial Science Option

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Mathematics – Actuarial Science Option (120 Hours)

Mathematics Major Core Requirements

In addition to the UCORE requirements and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements, a mathematics major is required to take 13 core courses and a minimum of 4 additional 300-400-level MATH courses specified by a chosen option. Options include: Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Mathematics. Courses required for the major may not be taken pass/fail, and a 2.0 minimum GPA is required.

Certification Requirements

1. Applications for certification are accepted at any time during fall and spring semesters. Decisions are made within ten working days of receipt of application. Application forms are available in the Mathematics Department office.
2. Applications are evaluated, and certification decided, by a faculty committee.
3. Applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
4. The mathematics core consists of MATH 171, 172, and 220. These courses (or their equivalent for transfer students) must be completed before application.
5. Students with at least a 2.5 GPA in the mathematics core will be certified automatically. Those with less than a 2.0 GPA in the mathematics core will normally not be certified. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
6. Appeals on certification decisions are considered by the department chairperson.
7. Students who are denied certification may reapply after completing at least 12 more semester hours, whereupon decisions are based on grades in mathematics, science, and computer science courses; cumulative grade point average and grade patterns; and a personal interview.
8. Certified students whose cumulative GPA or GPA in MATH courses numbered 171 and above falls below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, or who are academically deficient, are subject to decertification.
9. Applications for re-certification are handled in the same manner as certification applications for those previously denied.
First Year
First TermHours
Arts [ARTS]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab4
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermHours
CPT S 1214
MATH 172 or 1824
MATH 220 or 2302 or 3
Second Year
First TermHours
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 273 or 2832
MATH 3013
MATH 4053
Second TermHours
MATH 3153
STAT 3603
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
MATH 300 [M]3
MATH 4203
STAT 4433
Foreign Language, if needed, and/or Electives16
Second TermHours
STAT 412 or 423 3
STAT 4463
Foreign Language, if needed, and/or Electives16
Fourth Year
First TermHours
MATH 401 [M]3
MATH 4163
Second TermHours
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 464 [CAPS]3
STAT 4473

1Suggested elective courses for students pursuing Actuarial Science Option include ACCTG 230 and 231, FIN 325 and 350, and MATH 448, which provide additional background for actuarial exams. Note: A minor in Business Administration is required to take FIN 325 and 350.

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