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Actuarial Science Minor

Use mathematics and statistics to create economic growth and have a positive impact on industry, society and the world at large.

Actuarial Science Minor

Use mathematics and statistics to create economic growth and have a positive impact on industry, society and the world at large.

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The actuarial science minor prepares students for jobs in a variety of financial and insurance industries.

The Actuarial Science minor includes 28 credits combining core and upper-division mathematics and statistics courses. Professional actuary advisers will guide you through the actuarial preparatory track and share timely information regarding actuarial coursework, exams, internships and job opportunities that will help you meet your personal goals.

Actuarial science jobs

Actuaries employ high-level statistical analyses and apply technical and mathematical methods and skills in a variety of industries, from the calculation and analysis of pricing models and financial risk modeling to pension programs, housing markets and health insurance valuation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 22.5 percent employment growth for actuaries between 2016 and 2026. With an average salary of more than $130K, speedy job growth, high personal and professional satisfaction, with the added advantage of being beneficial to society, actuarial science jobs frequently feature in rankings of the best STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs in America.

For all queries related to the actuarial science minor, please contact Professor Enrique Thomann (thomann@oregonstate.edu or phone 541-737-5160). His office is in Kidder Hall 368E.

You can also send inquires to ActuarialInfo@math.oregonstate.edu.

Sample courses

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

Applied Stochastic Models

Actuarial Mathematics

Methods of Data Analysis

Tyler Mendes in front of Kidder Hall
"I just really enjoyed being in math and working with my peers. I really liked my mathematics professors here. Thanks to them I have had some impactful educational experiences. Pretty much all upper-level math courses have been most important for my preparation for actuarial work.”
Tyler Mendes (Mathematics '15), actuarial analyst at PacificSource Health Plans

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