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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 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog (#139). 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



MATH 170 (free elective)

1

Science elective

4



CSCE elective

4

CSCE elective

4



Science elective

4





HIST/POLS

3

TOTAL

13



TOTAL

16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Third Semester

Cr



Fourth Semester

Cr

MATH 221

4



MATH 411

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





Free elective

1

TOTAL

16



TOTAL

16

JUNIOR YEAR

Fifth Semester

Cr



Sixth Semester

Cr

MATH 323

3



MATH 409

3

MATH 325

3



MATH 425

3

MATH 419

2



PHYS 218

4

HIST/POLS

3



CORE elective

3

CORE elective

3



CORE elective

3

TOTAL

14



TOTAL

16







SENIOR YEAR

Seventh Semester

Cr



Eighth Semester

Cr

MATH elective

3



MATH elective

3

MATH 417 or 437

4



PHYS 208 or OCNG 451

4

ECON/FINC elective

3



ECON/FINC elective

3

CORE elective

3



CORE elective

3

ECON/FINC elective

3





TOTAL

16



TOTAL

13




















Description of Electives

  1. Math Electives: (15 hours) Take MATH 325, 425 and MATH 411 or STAT 414. Of the remaining 6 hours of 4xx, select 2 courses from MATH 405-489; 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. ECON 312, 319, 320, 324, and 330 will count towards the International and Cultural Diversity CORE requirement, but note that they ALL have a prerequisite which is not built into the Actuarial Science degree plan.

  3. CSCE electives: (8 hours) Select 2 courses from CSCE 110, 111, 121, and 206.

  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; ASTR 111.

  5. Core Electives: (21 hours) Take ENGL 104 (3 hours), COMM 203, 205, or 243 (3 hours), ECON 202 or 203 (3 hours), a 200-400 level Language, Philosophy and Culture CORE course (3 hours), and 3 hours of a Creative Arts CORE course. For a list of the acceptable Language, Philosophy and Culture and Creative Arts courses, please see your catalog at Undergraduate Catalog Listings. 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 List of International and Cultural Diversity Requirements.

  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 catalog.

  7. Free electives: (3 hours) 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 List of ineligible free electives for a list of unacceptable courses. Math 289 counts as free elective hours.

Career Options with an APMS/Actuarial Science Major

Students pursuing an Applied Mathematics degree with the Actuarial Science Emphasis have chosen a degree that is suited to a career in business, particularly actuarial and financial consulting. An actuary is a mathematician who analyzes risk. Pension actuaries work with client firms to help them determine their retirement liability and funding status, while casualty actuaries work in insurance firms and run statistical models to determine proper insurance premiums.

Actuarial and financial consulting firms that have hired recent graduates include AIG, Aon Hewitt, EY, Fidelity, Forethought Financial, Houston Casualty Company, Mercer, Willis Towers Watson, and USAA. A minor in business or economics is well suited to this degree plan.

Some graduates with this degree go on to graduate school in finance, economics, or business, but if you are interested in a graduate-level mathematics or mathematical finance degree, you will need to take additional mathematics courses.

Those who want to pursue this degree but are also interested in teacher certification should consider Post Bac Certification or emergency certification.