School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Actuarial Science (BS)
The Bachelor of Science Actuarial Science (AS) Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is administered through the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Students receive a rigorous mathematical background including all the major courses taken by students majoring in mathematics or statistics. Further, ten courses devoted to finance, economics, accounting, applied statistics, information technology and actuarial science are required. All students are prepared to take three actuarial preliminary exams (Probability - P/1, Financial Mathematics - FM/2, Models in Financial Economics- MFE/3F) and achieve Validation of Educational Experience (VEE) credits in applied statistical methods, economics, and corporate finance. Students also receive rigorous instruction in preparation for a major part of the two additional actuarial preliminary exams (Models in Life Contingencies - MLC/LC and Construction and Evaluation of Actuarial Models - C/4) as well as for the two CAS Exams (Stochastic Processes/Statistics - ST and Statistics and Probabilistic Models - S). Upon completion of this program, a student will have the knowledge and business background necessary to pursue a career as an actuary, as well as to undertake graduate study in actuarial science, statistics, mathematics, economics, or finance.
Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
Professors: Larry P. Ammann @ammann, Zalman I. Balanov @zxb105020, Swati Biswas @sxb125731, Pankaj K. Choudhary @pkc022000, Mieczyslaw K. Dabkowski @mkd034000, Vladimir Dragovic @vxd123630, Sam Efromovich @sxe062000, Yulia Gel @yxg142030, M. Ali Hooshyar @ali, Wieslaw Krawcewicz @wzk091000, Susan E. Minkoff @sem120030, L. Felipe Pereira @lfp140030, Dmitry Rachinskiy @dxr124030, Viswanath Ramakrishna @vish, Janos Turi @turi, John Zweck @jwz120030
Professors Emeritus: Patrick Odell @pxo062000, John W. Van Ness @ness
Clinical Professors: Natalia Humphreys @nah103020, Wenyi (Roy) Lu @wxl153330
Associate Professors: Yan Cao @yxc069200, Min Chen @mxc136030
Assistant Professors: Mohammad Akbar @mma110020, Maxim Arnold @mxa149530, Carlos Arreche @cxa171230, Bhargab Chattopadhyay @bxc126030, Sy Han (Steven) Chiou @sxc172931, Qingwen Hu @qxh102020, Frank Konietschke @fxk141230, Yifei Lou @yxl145331, Oleg Makarenkov @oxm130230, Tomoki Ohsawa @txo140730, Sunyoung Shin @sxs177233, Anh Tran @att140830, Nathan Williams @nxw170830
Senior Lecturers: Mohammad Ahsan @mka120030, Kelly Aman @kxa143530, Malgorzata Dabkowska @mxd066000, Rabin Dahal @rxd153030, Anatoly Eydelzon @axe031000, Manjula Foley @mxf091000, Bentley T. Garrett @btg032000, Farid Khafizov @ftk100020, Yuly Koshevnik @yxk055000, David L. Lewis @dlewis, Changsong Li @cxl109120, Brady McCary @bcm052000, Derege Mussa @dxm146130, My Linh Nguyen @mln018200, Jigarkumar Patel @jsp061000, Paul Stanford @phs031000, Julie Sutton @jxs158030, Tristan Whalen @tgw100020
UT Dallas Affiliated Faculty: Hervé Abdi @herve, Titu Andreescu @txa051000, Alain Bensoussan @axb046100, Stefano Leonardi @sxl139330, Faruck Morcos @afg150230, John J. Wiorkowski @wiorkow, Zhenyu Xuan @zxx091000, Hyuntae Yoo @hxy103120, Michael Qiwei Zhang @mqz091000
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication
RHET 1302 Rhetoric
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
PHYS 2325 Mechanics
or CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
or CHEM 1315 Honors Freshman Chemistry I
PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves
or CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
or CHEM 1316 Honors Freshman Chemistry II
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts
American History: 6 semester credit hours
HIST 1301 U.S. History Survey to Civil War
HIST 1302 U.S. History Survey from Civil War
Government / Political Science (6 semester credit hours)
GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
II. Major Requirements: 76-78 semester credit hours
Major Preparatory Courses: 31-33 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
ACCT 2301 Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT 2302 Introductory Management Accounting
BCOM 3310 Business Communication
CS 1336 Programming Fundamentals
CS 1136 Computer Science Laboratory
CS 1337 Computer Science I
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH 2418 Linear Algebra
MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications
or CHEM 1115 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 2126 Electromagnetism and Waves Laboratory
or CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II Laboratory
or CHEM 1116 Honors Freshman Chemistry Laboratory II
Major Core Courses: 45 semester credit hours
ACTS 4301 Principles of Actuarial Models: Life Contingencies I
ACTS 4302 Principles of Actuarial Models: Financial Economics
ACTS 4304 Construction and Evaluation of Actuarial Models
ACTS 4308 Actuarial Financial Mathematics
FIN 3320 Business Finance
MATH 3310 Theoretical Concepts of Calculus
MATH 3311 Abstract Algebra I
MATH 3379 Complex Variables
MATH 4334 Numerical Analysis
ITSS 3300 Information Technology for Business
ITSS 4301 Database Systems
STAT 3355 Data Analysis for Statisticians and Actuaries
STAT 4351 Probability
STAT 4352 Mathematical Statistics
STAT 4382 Stochastic Processes
III. Elective Requirements: 0-2 semester credit hour
Freshman students are required to take UNIV 1010.
Preparation for Actuarial Exams
Exam 3L/MLC: ACTS 4301
Exam 3F/MFE: ACTS 4302
Exam 4/C: ACTS 4304
Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) Credits
Corporate Finance: FIN 3320
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
In response to the need for post-baccalaureate education, a Fast Track program is available to well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students. Qualified seniors may take up to 15 graduate semester credit hours that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy the requirements for the master's degree. Interested students should see the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education (ADU) for specific requirements.
1. Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of UNIV 1010 and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
3. A required Major preparatory course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
4. Three semester credit hours of Calculus are counted to fulfill the Mathematics Core Requirement with the remaining one semester credit hour to be counted under Component Area Option Core Requirement.
5. Students may choose one of the following calculus sequences: (a) MATH 2413, MATH 2414, and MATH 2415; or (b) MATH 2417 and MATH 2419.
6. Six semester credit hours of Physics or Chemistry are counted under Science core, and one semester credit hour of Physics or Chemistry (PHYS 2125 or CHEM 1111) are counted under Component Area Option core.
7. Please consult your advisor if selecting Honors Physics or if you have taken BA 1100.
8. MATH 2370 will provide a better preparation for MATH 4334 Numerical Analysis course.
9. MATH 2451 may be taken in the Summer if offered.