Updates to Financial Actuarial Math Courses

Published 6/4/2018 The Math Department intends to update its actuarial curriculum, hoping to expand and "improve the offerings of the major in order to enhance its value to its students in their future careers" to ensure that the major is "sustainable in the long term." Consequently, the Department has released information about a number of courses. The table below reflects the information currently released about currently offered actuarial courses.

Course Number Course Name Corresponding Exam/VEE Comments
170E Introduction to Probability and Statistics: Part I (Probability) SOA P / CAS 1 This course is an introduction to probability theory. Topics include discrete (binomial, Poisson, etc.) and continuous (Exponential, Gamma, Chi-square, normal) distributions, bivariate distributions, distributions of functions of random variables (including moment generating functions and Central Limit Theorem).
170S Introduction to Probability and Statistics: Part II (Statistics) Mathematical Statistics VEE* This course is an introduction to statistics. Topics include sampling; estimation and the properties of estimators; construction of confidence intervals and hypotheses testing.
177 Theory of Interest and Applications SOA FM / CAS 2
This course is introduces interest and covers all of exam FM/2 and a small portion of IFM/3F.
Topics from FM/2 include: types of interest, time value of money, annuities and similar contracts, loans, bonds, portfolios and general cash flows, rate of return, term structure of interest rates, duration, convexity and immunization, and interest rate swaps.
Topics from IFM/3F include: financial derivatives, forwards, futures, and options.
174E Mathematics of Finance SOA IFM / CAS 3F This course covers the first portion of Exam IFM/3F, and covers financial derivatives. Topics include modeling, mathematics, and computation for financial securities; price of risk; random walk models for stocks and interest rates; no-arbitrage theory for pricing derivative securities; Black/Scholes theory; European and American options; Monte Carlo, trees, finite difference methods.
179 Topics in Financial Engineering This is intended to be a second quarter of IFM/3F material, to be taken after 174E. It will cover additional topics about financial derivatives as well as topics in finance covered on Exam IFM/3F such as mean-variance portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing model, etc.
178A Foundations of Actuarial Mathematics: Life Insurance and Annuities SOA LTAM Along with the first half of Math 178B, this course covers the SOA LTAM exam. This is an introductory course on to the mathematics associated with long term insurance coverages. Topics include single and multiple life survival models, annuities, premium calculations and policy values, reserves, pension plans and retirement benefits.
178B Foundations of Actuarial Mathematics: Further topics in Long Term Actuarial Mathematics SOA LTAM
This exam concludes the coverage of the SOA LTAM exam and begins covering the SOA STAM exam. Topics include multiple state models, pensions, profit testing, topics from statistics, esp. methods of estimation, and background material on probability distributions, especially those used in actuarial work.
178C Foundations of Actuarial Mathematics: Loss models SOA STAM Along with the second half of Math 178B, this course covers the SOA STAM exam. Topics include loss models associated with actuarial problems, severity, frequency, and aggregate loss models, parameter estimation (frequentist, Bayesian), model selection and credibility.
102 Advanced Financial and Actuarial Problem Solving This two unit course will focus on preparation for exams and can be taken multiple times. It will focus on exams P, FM, and IFM. It will be an active learning course, and one component will involve students presenting their work, with evaluation of presentation.
192 Financial and Actuarial Practicum This is a two unit course for students who want to explore the different activities of actuaries and/or improve their soft skills. Outside speakers from the profession will come to present interesting topics in the field, including new areas. Some weeks, students will present.

* Credit not yet approved

Courses for VEE Credit

VEE Economics


VEE Accounting and Finance


VEE Mathematical Statistics (SOA only)

No approved coursework yet. See VEE changes for details on transfering credit.

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