Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Mathematics—Actuarial Science Major (B.S.)


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Major code BS3105

College of Arts and Sciences   
Department of Mathematics 
Morton Hall 321
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1254
mathematics@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/cas/math

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:

Other majors in the mathematical sciences offered by the Mathematics Department are the B.S. in mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematical statistics. The department also offers a B.A. in mathematics as a flexible and attractive option for students considering a double major.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year 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 , MATH 2302 , MATH 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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Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Program Requirements


For a B.S. degree with a major in actuarial science, a student must complete a total of at least 40 semester credit hours of mathematics courses (does not include MATH 2120 ).

Actuarial Science Requirements


Complete the following courses:

Discrete Math


Complete one of the following courses:

Computing


Complete the following two courses:

Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Management


Complete the following courses:

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