UCLA Academics

Embark on your actuarial journey. UCLA offers several majors and minors related to the actuarial profession. Of course, you aren't required to major in an actuarial-related field to enter the industry, but doing so definitely makes you a more qualified and prepared candidate for a position. Below are majors at UCLA relevant to the actuarial profession.

Majors at UCLA

Financial Actuarial Mathematics

Mathematics/
Economics

Statistics

Business
Economics

Applied
Mathematics

Mathematics

B.S. Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Enrollment: 225 as of Fall 2015. From UCLA APB.
Course Requirements

The Mathematics major is designed for students who are interested in the theory of mathematics. Pure mathematicians often pursue master and doctorate degree in mathematics in order to prepare for a career in research or university level teaching.

B.S. Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Enrollment: 473 as of Fall 2015. From UCLA APB.
Course Requirements

Applied Mathematics majors are interested in the classical relationships between the physical sciences and engineering. They often seek employment in the industry utilizing their skills to solve engineering and computer related problems.

B.A. Business Economics
Department of Economics
Enrollment: 1891 as of Fall 2015. From UCLA APB.
Course Requirements

Business Economics majors learn both classical economic theory as well as the applications of economics in the business world. Through taking Economics courses in the Department of Economics and Management courses in the Anderson School, students gain knowledge in a wide range of fields, from Micro- and Macro-economics to Finance, Accounting, and Tax Policy.

B.S. Statistics
Department of Statistics
Enrollment: 306 as of Fall 2015. From UCLA APB.
Course Requirements

The curriculum of the Statistics major is designed to give students knowledge and skills for either continued education or immediate employment. In addition to learning essential statistical concepts (experimental design, causation, graphical analysis, inference, linear models), students who earn a B.S. degree in Statistics will have knowledge of mathematics (calculus, analysis, probability) and computer skills (data management, basic programming).

B.S. Mathematics/Economics
Department of Mathematics
Enrollment: 355 as of Fall 2015. From UCLA APB.
Course Requirements

The Mathematics/Economics program is designed to give students a solid foundation in both mathematics and economics, stressing those areas of mathematics and statistics that are most relevant to economics and the parts of economics that emphasize the use of mathematics and statistics. It is ideal for students who may wish to complete a higher degree in economics. The course requirements for this major have undergone frequent changes over the past few years. Please be aware of the most recent changes, for students who declare the major as of Fall 2015 and Fall 2016.

B.S. Financial Actuarial Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Enrollment: 333 as of Fall 2015. From UCLA APB.
Course Requirements

The Financial Actuarial Mathematics (FAM) major is designed for students interested in working in the actuarial field or in field which applies mathematics, finance, and statistics. At the end of this program, students will have sufficient knowledge to pass the first five preliminary SOA exams: P/1, FM/2, MFE/3F, MLC, and C/4. UCLA's FAM major is one of the more well-known programs on the west coast, and has a faculty of working and retired actuaries. The Financial Actuarial Mathematics major replaced the Actuarial Plan of the Mathematics/Applied Science Major in 2013 and has since grown to become the largest major in the Department of Mathematics.

Minors at UCLA

Specialization in Computing

Accounting

Statistics

Minor in Statistics
Department of Statistics
Course Requirements

Students in the statistics minor develop the strength to discover and analyze trends within data. Obviously, statistics is a useful program for anyone interested in the actuarial profession.

Minor in Accounting
Anderson School of Management
Course Requirements

Those looking for a strong background in accounting will find it in this minor. As you progress in your career, a strong grasp of business knowledge becomes essential. The minor also provides an invaluable education in business skills useful in the modern actuarial world. Finally, the accounting minor also takes care of the Corporate Finance VEE.

Specialization in Computing
Department of Mathematics
Course Requirements

This specialization is a great supplement for anyone looking for a technical profession. The specialization in computing for students in the mathematics department aims to give students a strong foundation in programming logic for applications. Computer programming is increasingly relevant in today's world, and the object-oriented languages studied in the specialization make the transition to self-study of VBA for Excel smooth and easy for actuarial students. The Specialization is available to students who have a major in the Department of Mathematics or the Department of Psychology. The Specialization was formerly available to students who have a major in the Department of Economics.