Actuarial Mathematics

A career in calculating risk is a sure bet: It was recently ranked as the top job in the country.

Applying mathematical and statistical methods to determine risk in a given industry is a tricky business. Our program in actuarial mathematics will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to apply current mathematical software and technology to the attractive and exciting task of predicting outcomes based on your knowledge of mathematics and statistics. With your B.S. degree in hand, you’ll find that your knowledge of actuarial calculations can be applied to a wide variety of careers, including those in the natural sciences, computer science, engineering, economics, finance, primary and secondary education, and the qualitative social sciences.

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Quick Facts

  • In 2010, the job-search website CareerCast ranked actuary as the #1 job in the United States.
  • Actuarial science became a formal discipline in the 17th century.
  • Actuaries rank among the 25 professions with the greatest demand in the future.

Possible Careers

  • Catastrophe modeler who predicts potential natural or manmade events and determines the likelihood of those predictions
  • Insurance underwriter who calculates rates that need to be charged on policies of differing amounts
  • Actuarial manager in charge of determining risks of carrying out certain operations in a large corporation