# Major in Mathematics - Actuarial Science and Risk Management Concentration

## Admission

Students who are interested in the Actuarial Science & Risk Management concentration must complete an application for admission to the program. Admission to Towson University does not guarantee admission to the concentration. The application may be obtained from the Mathematics Office or downloaded from this website.

To be admitted to the concentration, students are required to meet the following two requirements:

- Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in mathematics.
- Students must also meet one of the following requirements:

Math majors intending to pursue the concentration in Actuarial Science & Risk Management will remain in their current concentration until they are admitted, but will be advised by the Actuarial Science faculty. Students are encouraged to communicate with their faculty adviser regularly to evaluate their progress toward admission.

Students who have not met the admission requirements will not be able to enroll in MATH 438 and MATH 485. Students who take a course listed above before being admitted to the concentration will be disenrolled from the course.

__Note:__ Students not satisfying any of the requirements may petition the Director of Actuarial Science & Risk Management to be admitted into the concentration.

This is a screened program.

### Mathematics Major Requirements

All Mathematics majors must take the following required courses.

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Required Courses | ||

MATH 265 | ELEMENTARY LINEAR ALGEBRA | 4 |

MATH 267 | INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT MATHEMATICS | 4 |

MATH 273 | CALCULUS I | 4 |

MATH 274 | CALCULUS II | 4 |

MATH 275 | CALCULUS III | 4 |

Total Units | 20 |

### Actuarial Science and Risk Management Concentration Requirements

The Society of Actuaries has recognized Towson University as a Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE). There are eight criteria for this designation, including curriculum, faculty composition, graduate quality, connection to industry, and research/scholarship. This concentration will prepare students for the required professional exams to be taken after graduation.

In addition to the 20 units of common requirements for all Mathematics majors, the Actuarial Science and Risk Management concentration requires 63-64 units for a total of 83-84 units. All courses must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. MATH 498 and minimum six additional upper-level courses in the major must be taken at Towson University.

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Required Courses | ||

ACCT 201 | PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING | 3 |

or ACCT 211 | HONORS ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I | |

ACCT 202 | PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING | 3 |

or ACCT 212 | HONORS ACCOUNTNG PRINCIPLES II | |

COSC 236 | INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I ^{1} | 4 |

ECON 201 | MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES | 3 |

ECON 202 | MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES | 3 |

ENGL 317 | WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY (Core 9) | 3 |

FIN 331 | PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT | 3 |

MATH 312 | THEORY OF INTEREST | 4 |

MATH 331 | PROBABILITY | 4 |

MATH 332 | MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS | 3 |

MATH 337 | APPLIED REGRESSION AND TIME SERIES PREDICTIVE MODELING | 4 |

MATH 438 | FUNDAMENTALS OF LONG-TERM ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS | 4 |

MATH 439 | COMPUTATIONAL PROBABILITY MODELS | 3 |

MATH 441 | FUNDAMENTALS OF SHORT-TERM ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS | 3 |

MATH 442 | ADVANCED SHORT-TERM ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS | 3 |

MATH 447 | STATISTICS FOR RISK MODELING | 3 |

MATH 448 | ADVANCED LONG-TERM ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS | 3 |

MATH 485 | MATHEMATICAL FINANCE | 3 |

MATH 498 | SENIOR SEMINAR: ACTUARIAL SCIENCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT ^{2} | 3 |

Mathematics Elective | ||

Select one of the following: | 3-4 | |

INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT ALGEBRA | ||

REAL ANALYSIS I | ||

LINEAR ALGEBRA | ||

Total Units | 65-66 |

### Continuation Policy

To continue in the Actuarial Science and Risk Management concentration, students need to receive a minimum "B" grade in MATH 331 or maintain a total minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the required courses for the concentration.

Students who fail to meet the criteria for continuation will be removed from the concentration. Students will not be allowed to enroll in MATH 438 and MATH 485 until they achieve a total minimum GPA of 3.00 in the required courses for the concentration or receive a minimum "B" grade in MATH 331 . Students who enroll in MATH 438 or MATH 485 before meeting the criteria for continuation will be removed from the course(s).

**NOTE**: Students are required to take MATH 498. One of the prerequisites to enroll in this course is to pass at least one SOA exam.

### Transfer and Second Degree Students

Transfer students and those seeking a second baccalaureate degree need to meet the same requirements of the concentration as described above.

### Departmental Honors Program

The Department of Mathematics offers a departmental honors program for students who demonstrate exemplary abilities in mathematics. The program provides students with an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors in an individual program of research, directed readings and independent study.

Graduation with departmental honors requires a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.33, and successful completion of a two-course research sequence and an honors thesis in mathematics (MATH 499). Departmental honors will be posted to the transcript shortly after the bachelor’s degree is conferred.

Code | Title | Units |
---|---|---|

Required Coursework for Departmental Honors in Mathematics | ||

Research Sequence, Select one of the following: | 6 | |

READINGS IN MATHEMATICS and RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICS | ||

READINGS IN MATH EDUCATION and INDEPENDENT STUDY: RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION | ||

APPLIED MATHEMATICS LABORATORY I and APPLIED MATHEMATICS LABORATORY II | ||

Thesis Requirement | ||

MATH 499 | HONORS THESIS IN MATHEMATICS | 1 |

Total Units | 7 |

## Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman | |||
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Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

COSC 236^{9} | 4 | ACCT 201^{1} | 3 |

MATH 273 (Core 3) | 4 | COMM 131 (Core 5) | 3 |

Core 1 (or Core 2) | 3 | MATH 265 | 4 |

Core 4 | 3 | MATH 274 | 4 |

Core 10 | 3 | Core 1 (or Core 2) | 3 |

17 | 17 | ||

Sophomore | |||

Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

ACCT 202^{1} | 3 | ECON 201 (Core 6)^{2} | 3 |

MATH 275 | 4 | MATH 267 | 4 |

MATH 312 (Exam FM) | 4 | MATH 331 (Exam P) | 4 |

Core 7 | 4 | Core 8 | 4 |

(Students are advised to prepare for and take the SOA/CAS Exam FM at the end of the Fall Term) | (Students are advised to prepare for and take the SOA/CAS Exam P at the end of the Spring Term) | ||

15 | 15 | ||

Junior | |||

Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

ECON 202^{2} | 3 | ENGL 317 (Core 9) | 3 |

MATH 332^{3} | 3 | FIN 331^{1} | 3 |

MATH 438^{4} | 4 | MATH 439 | 3 |

MATH 441^{8} | 3 | MATH 442^{11} | 3 |

(Students are advised to prepare for and take SOA Exam FAM at the end of the Fall or Spring Term) | Core 12 | 3 | |

(Students are advised to prepare for and take the SOA Exam ASTAM at the end of the Spring Term) | |||

13 | 15 | ||

Senior | |||

Term 1 | Units | Term 2 | Units |

MATH 337^{7} | 4 | MATH 447^{7} | 3 |

MATH 369, 372, or 463 | 3-4 | MATH 448^{10} | 3 |

MATH 485^{6} | 3 | MATH 498 | 3 |

Core 11 | 3 | Core 13 | 3 |

(Students are advised to prepare for and take CAS Exam 3F at the end of either the Fall or Spring Term) | Core 14 | 3 | |

(Students are advised to prepare for and take the SOA/CAS Exam STAM or SRM at the end of the Spring Term) | |||

13-14 | 15 | ||

Total Units 120-121 |

- Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of numbers and sets.
- Demonstrate skills and knowledge of appropriate technology used in solving mathematical problems.
- Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the basic concepts of calculus.
- Demonstrate skills and knowledge of linear and abstract algebra.
- Demonstrate skills and knowledge of basic probability and/or statistics.