Actuarial Curriculum
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Courses: Required classes for a Major in Mathematics with an Actuarial Specialization
I. Lower Division:
 {MATH 1271 +1272 +2243 +2263} or
{MATH 1371 +1372 +2373 +2374}  MATH 3283W or
(MATH 2283 supplemented by an upper division writing intensive class in the major)  CSE students take 2 physics classes PHYS 1301W + PHYS 1302W.
 CSE and CLA students are required to take a computer programming course: CSCI 1103 or CSCI 1113 (the latter, C/C++ is recommended).
II. Upper Division Math:
 Algebra:
 Analysis:
 Actuarial:
 CSE students: one upper division Math course such as:
 CLA students: MATH 4997W
III. Validation by Educational Equivalent (VEE) Classes:
As part of the Professional Actuarial track, the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society requires that these VEE topics have to be studied by taking courses at an approved university (like the University of Minnesota). VEE credits are granted ONLY if the required courses are passed with a grade of "B" or higher.
 VEE Economics: ECON 1101 +1102 or ECON 3101 + 3102
 VEE Corporate finance: FINA 3001 + 4221 prerequisites: ACCT 2050
 VEE Applied Statistical Methods: ECON 4261 prerequisites: ECON 3101 MATH 5651 MATH 4242
IV. Insurance classes:
Choose two out of the following four courses:
 INS 4100 Corporate Risk Management
 INS 4101 Employee Benefits
 INS 4200 Insurance Theory and Practice
 INS 4201 Personal Financial Management
V. Math 4067W Actuarial Mathematics in Practice (recommended):
In this unique course students learn to integrate knowledge and skills from various disciplines and apply them to solve real world problems from various actuarial segments. This Writing Intensive course consists of three fiveweek modules led by practicing actuaries. The course's setting mimics a business environment, where students learn a variety of problem solving techniques for uncertain scenarios, are presented with problems and are asked to make decisions or recommendations based on a series of assumptions. Students also learn to enhance their communication and interpersonal/teamwork skills by working in teams and presenting their results to the practitioner actuaries leading the modules as well as to other students who participate in the course.
This course satisifies the upperdivision writing intensive requirement, but not the upperdivision math requirement.
Sample Schedule for CSE Mathematics Major with Actuarial Specialization (excluding University of Minnesota Liberal Education and Writing Intensive requirements)
(CLA students substitute the two physics courses with four semesters of a foreign language, and MATH 4997W instead of MATH 5075 & 5076)
Year\Term  Fall  Spring  Summer 

Freshman  MATH 1271 or 1371 PHYS 1301W ECON 1101 
MATH 1272 or 1372 PHYS 1302W CSCI 1113 or 1103 ECON 1102 

Sophomore  MATH 2243 or 2373 MATH 4065 ACCT 2050 CSCI 1103, or 1113 
MATH 2263 or 2374 MATH 3283W FINA 3001 Option 1 : INS I + II or Option 2 : only INS I 
Study for Exam FM Take Exam FM Internship / Involvement / Activity 
Junior  MATH 5651 MATH 4242 FINA 4221 Option 2 : INS II 
MATH 5652 MATH Column X Algebra MATH 4067W ECON 3101 
Study for Exam P Take Exam P Actuarial Internship 
Senior  MATH 5067 MATH 5075 ECON 4261 
MATH 5068 MATH 5076 
Study for Exam MLC Take Exam MLC 