The Actuarial Science major best prepares students for careers as actuaries through coursework in mathematics, economics, and finance. Eleven courses in Mathematics provides a foundational understanding that allows students to develop strong analytical skills while learning the important mathematical concepts needed for future professional pursuits. Two courses in Economics and four courses in Finance and Accounting help to complement this coursework by providing students with practical knowledge regarding business principles and human behavior. And finally, coursework in Computer Programming provides them with an introduction to this skill that is considered essential in the industry.
La Salle’s Actuarial Science major prepares students to take two of the exams required for professional actuarial status by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society – Exam P (Probability) and Exam FM (Financial Mathematics). In addition, the curriculum allows students to obtain actuarial society credit in all three Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) areas: Economics, Mathematical Statistics, and Accounting and Finance (VEE credit is awarded after coursework is completed and two society exams are passed). As early as their first year, students in the program have opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities to enhance their academic experience. Through attending talks, networking with alumni and liaisons, and participating in exam preparation sessions, students strengthen their career preparation and familiarize themselves with opportunities offered by both the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries.
This course is an advanced study of the field of probability and covers all the topics necessary to sit for Exam P given by the Society of Actuaries. Topics include both discrete and continuous random variables, conditional probability and independence, jointly distributed random variables, and expectation.
Building on concepts from MTH 410, this course comprises a rigorous study of statistics and includes topics such as Confidence Intervals, Hypothesis Testing, Maximum Likelihood Estimators, Correlation & Regression, and Contingency Tables. Topics in this course are central to a career as an actuary.
Students learn and apply the fundamentals of financial mathematics, including present and future values, reserving, valuation, pricing, asset and liability management, investment income, budgeting, and contingencies. This course prepares students to take Exam FM offered by the Society of Actuaries.
Faculty will provide students with a classical foundation in the core of mathematics; introduce current theories, research areas, and technologies; and demonstrate the links between theory and its embodiment in the world of applications, particularly those of an actuarial nature. The combination of coursework, co-curricular learning experiences, and mentoring from faculty and alumni, with various opportunities for personalization, will position Actuarial Science students to leave La Salle prepared to enter and advance in the actuarial profession in an industry of their choosing.
U.S. News ranks actuaries seventh in Best Business Jobs for 2022 and eleventh in Best STEM Jobs for 2022.
Our most recent grads are employed by Oliver Wyman, Chubb, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, WTW (formerly Willis Towers Watson), Mercer, Anthem. Typical industries for actuaries include insurance companies, risk management firms, consulting companies, healthcare organizations, and governmental agencies.
Tremendous job growth is forecasted within the decade for the actuarial field. Employment is projected to grow 21% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wages for actuaries are also on the higher end of the pay scale with the median annual wage landing at $105,900 as of May 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Chris Picariello, ’95, remembers the opportunities provided for him at La Salle to begin his career.
The La Salle community came together on Giving Tuesday to support the future of the University.
The annual campus event celebrated Christmas and other holiday religions with a hot cocoa bar, decorating stations, and photos with Santa.