OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 201920 [Archived Catalog]
Mathematics—Actuarial Science Major (B.S.)


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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Mathematics
Morton Hall 321
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1254
Fax: 740.593.9805
mathematics@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/cas/math/index.cfm
Todd Young, contact person
youngt@ohio.edu
Program Overview
The following program is intended to prepare students for entering the actuarial profession and related careers in the insurance industry. You should be prepared to pass at least two actuarial examinations before graduation.
The program has a strong finance component and with the addition of FIN 3270 , and FIN 3410 it satisfies the requirements for a Finance Minor . When planning a course of study in actuarial science, it is strongly recommended that you consult an advisor in the Mathematics Department.
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We recommend students take as many of the following courses as time allows:
MATH 3400  Elementary Differnetial Equations
MATH 4560  Life Contingencies (preparation for SOA MLC/CAS LC exams)
Admissions Information
Freshman/FirstYear Admission
No requirements beyond University admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the actuarial science program:
 Have at least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
 Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
 Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
Change of Program Policy
No selective or limited admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the actuarial science program:
 Have at least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
 Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
 Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
 Attained Level 3 on the Math Placement Exam
 Earned at least an A in MATH 2301 or have an A on an equivalent transfer course
 Completed MATH 2301, 2302, 3300 with no grade less than a B
External Transfer Admission
No requirements beyond University admission requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that students satisfy at least one of the following before entering the actuarial science program:
 Have at least a 30 ACT Math score or a SAT Math score of 680 or above
 Have scored at least a 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam
 Have scored at least a 4 on the AP Statistics exam
 Earned at least an A in a course equivalent to MATH 2301
 Completed a calculus sequence with no grade less than a B
Opportunities Upon Graduation
The actuarial profession is consistently rated as one of the most desirable. Graduates of the actuarial sciences program are experts in managing risk in multiple industries. The diverse skills students gain with this degree will prepare them to pursue work in the insurance industry, whose function relies on the risk assessment skills of actuaries. Graduates also find satisfying work within financial services (i.e. investment management, banking), health administration, energy corporations (i.e. utilities, oil, gas), environmental organizations, and the transportation sector. Additional employers of actuarial sciences graduates include, but are not limited to, institutions of higher education, public accounting firms, labor unions, and investment firms.
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