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Bachelor of Science in Statistics
Emphasis in Actuarial Science

This emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in the actuarial profession, applying probability and statistical models to problems of insurance and finance. Actuaries improve financial decision making by evaluating the current financial implications of uncertain future events. Students completing this emphasis would also be well prepared for graduate study in actuarial science or statistics.

Preparation for the major (33 units)

Math 150 and 151 must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better, and cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC).  The student must complete these courses before being allowed to register for the upper division finance courses.

All of the following
  • Math 150 - Calculus I (4 units)
  • Math 151 - Calculus II (4 units)
  • Math 245 - Discrete Mathematics (3 units)
  • Math 252 - Calculus III (4 units)
  • Math 254 - Intro to Linear Algebra (3 units)
  • CS 107 - Introduction to Computer Programming (3 units)
  • Econ 101 - Principles of Economics (3 units)
  • Econ 102 - Principles of Economics (3 units)
  • Acctg 201 -  Financial Accounting Fundamentals (3 units)
  • Stat 250 - Statistical Principles and Practices (3 units)
One of the following
  • Stat 119 - Elementary Statistics for Business (3 units)
  • Stat 250 - Statistical Principles and Practices (3 units)

Major (36+ units)

A minimum of 36 upper division units selected with approval of the departmental adviser before starting upper division work.  

All of the following
  • Stat 350A -  Statistical Methods (3 units)
  • Stat 350B -  Statistical Methods (3 units)
  • Stat 551A - Probability and Mathematical Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 551B - Probability and Mathematical Statistics (3 units)
  • Stat 575 - Actuarial Modeling (3 units)
  • BA 323 - Fundamentals of Finance (3 units)
  • Econ 320 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3 units)
  • Econ 321 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3 units)
  • Fin 327 - Investments (3 units)
At least 3 units from the following
  • Stat 325 - SAS Programming and Data Management (3 units)
  • Stat 410 - R Programming and Data Science (3 units)
  • Stat 496 - Experimental Topics (3 units)
  • Stat 560 - Sample Surveys (3 units)
  • Stat 596 - Advanced Topics in Statistics (3 units)
At least 6 units from the following
  • Fin 421 - Portfolio Management and Security Analysis (3 units)
  • Fin 427 - Derivatives and Financial Risk Management (3 units)
  • An appropriate course selected with the approval of the departmental adviser (3 units)

Other requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.
Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements” section for a complete listing of requirements.

Master Plan.
A master plan of the courses taken to fulfill the major must be approved by the adviser and filed with the major department.

Adviser
 
Headshot: Barbara Bailey
 
Barbara Bailey
Associate Professor
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