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Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics/Actuarial Science Area of Emphasis

Below are the requirements for the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics (Actuarial Science) as listed in the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog (#132). This listing is for informational use only.

FRESHMAN YEAR

First Semester

Cr



Second Semester

Cr

MATH 171

4



MATH 172

4

MATH 170 (free elective)

1




Science elective

4



CPSC elective

4

CPSC elective

4



Science elective

4





HIST/POLS

3

TOTAL

13



TOTAL

15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Third Semester

Cr



Fourth Semester

Cr

MATH 221

4



MATH 323

3

MATH 220

3



MATH 308

3

HIST/POLS

3



HIST/POLS

3

STAT 211

3



STAT 212

3

ECON 202 or 203

3



CORE elective

3





KINE 199

1

TOTAL

16



TOTAL

16

JUNIOR YEAR

Fifth Semester

Cr



Sixth Semester

Cr

MATH 409

3



MATH elective

3

MATH 419

2



MATH elective

3

STAT 414

3



PHYS 218

4

HIST/POLS

3



CORE elective

3

ECON/FINC elective

3



Core elective

3

TOTAL

14



TOTAL

16







SENIOR YEAR

Seventh Semester

Cr



Eighth Semester

Cr

MATH 325

3



MATH 425

3

MATH 417

4



PHYS 208 or OCNG 451

4

ECON/FINC elective

3



ECON/FINC elective

3

CORE elective

3



CORE elective

3

Core elective

3



KINE 198

1

TOTAL

16



TOTAL

14




















Description of Electives

  1. Math Electives: (15 hours) Take MATH 325, 425 and STAT 414. Of the remaining 6 hours of 4xx, select 2 courses from MATH 405-489 (Math 451 taken after fall 04 only); STAT 407-416; CSCE 211-499 (except CSCE 442); ISEN 420, 421.

  2. ECON/FINC electives: (9 hours) Select 3 courses from ECON 311-489; ECMT 463; FINC 309-489.

  3. CSCE electives: (8 hours) Select 2 courses from CSCE 110, 111, 206 and 211.

  4. Science Electives: (8 hours) Select 2 courses from CHEM 101/111 (or 107) or CHEM 103/113; CHEM 102/112 or CHEM 104/114; BIOL 111; BIOL 112.

  5. Core Electives: (21 hours) Take ENGL 104 (3 hours), ENGL lit. (3 hours), ENGL 241 or 301 or 2311 at jr. college (3 hours), ECON 202 or 203 (3 hours) and 3 hours of a Visual and Performing Arts CORE course. For a list of the acceptable ENGL literature, and Visual/Performing Arts courses, please see your catalogue or the Mathematics Department's Undergraduate Weg page at Core Requirements and Course List. The English Literature elective must be chosen from the list of Humanities electives. In addition, 6 hours of International and Cultural Diversity are required. Some of these courses may be used to satisfy other degree requirements. For a list of these courses, please see your catalogue or the Mathematics Department's webpage at International and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

  6. HIST/POLS: (12 hours) POLS 206 and 207 are required. For the HIST requirement, 6 hours of American History are required. Most students satisfy this requirement by taking HIST 105 and 106. For other options, see your catalogue.

  7. Free electives: (1 hour) Almost every course offered at TAMU will count as a free elective. However, there are some exceptions. Please see an advisor or the Mathematics Department's Undergraduate Web page for a list of unacceptable courses. Math 289 counts as free elective hours.

Career Options with an APMS/Actuarial Science Major

Students graduating with an Applied Mathematics Degree with the Actuarial Science Area of Emphasis have chosen a degree that is suited to a career in business, in particular, actuarial consulting firms. Most graduates seeking employment directly after graduation look to businesses like consulting firms. These companies are looking for people with good problem solving skills that can work well with others. Good personal skills are very important to consulting firms. Most of these firms have a training program for new hires. In the broadest possible terms, APMS/Actuarial graduates are hired to work as part of a team to solve some particular problem for the company.

The consulting firms that have hired recent graduates include Reliant Energy, Anderson Consulting, Bain and Associates as well as many actuarial firms. Our graduates have been hired to be business analysts, financial analysts and actuaries.

A minor in business is well suited to this degree plan. Some graduates with this degree go on to graduate school in Finance, Economics and Business. Without taking more classes than are required, this degree plan will not prepare you for graduate work in mathematics or mathematical finance.

People interested in teaching as one of several possible options should consider Post Bac Certification or Emergency Certification. If you are interested in this option, there are specific math courses that should be chosen for your math elective courses.