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Mathematics: Actuarial Sciences

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Why study Actuarial Science at APSU?

APSU mathematics courses are small in size with individual attention from faculty. The study of mathematics enhances critical thinking skills and provides an excellent background for a career in most any field, including science, engineering, education, law, and medicine. Let the Mathematics faculty at Austin Peay help you prepare for the career of your choice!

What will I learn?

Mathematics majors take a core collection of classes in calculus, mathematical reasoning, linear algebra, computer programming, probability, statistics, and mathematical modeling.  These courses introduce students to the great ideas of mathematics and provide a foundation in content knowledge, problem solving, and logical reasoning.  

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage within our department are the Galois Math Club and the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.  In particular, our mathematics majors often participate in undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and Senior Seminar capstone projects.

What do Actuarial Science majors do after graduation?

The study of mathematics enhances critical thinking skills and provides an excellent background for a career in most any field, including science, engineering, education, law, and medicine. Let the Mathematics faculty at Austin Peay help you prepare for the career of your choice!  APSU graduates hold positions such as:

  • Actuary
  • Risk Analyst
  • Investment Manager
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager

Actuaries use mathematics, probability, statistics, and financial theory to assess financial risk and uncertainty.  The concentration in actuarial science prepares students for entry-level positions in actuarial science, as well as other areas.  Prior to graduations, students typically pass at least two actuarial exams and complete the validation by educational experience (VEE) credits for either of the two actuarial societies (SOA or CAS).  The concentration also prepares students for entry into masters and Ph.D. programs in actuarial science, mathematics, mathematical finance, engineering, statistics, and other related disciplines.  Actuarial science frequently ranks very highly on best careers lists, and the job outlook for actuaries is excellent. 


Where have APSU alumni gone?
Matt Watkins
Meet Matt Watkins

Matt Watkins graduated in 2016 after being selected for the President Research Scholars Program, which allowed him to blend his math major and art minor through the study of Knot Theory.  He was able to present his work at the Joint Math Meetings in Atlanta.  Now Matt has enrolled in APSU's M.S. program to further his studies in Mathematical Finance.

Meet Emily Stark

Emily Stark completed her bachelor's degree at APSU in 2017 with an accomplished record that included participating in an REU at Virginia Tech, completing a summer abroad program in Budapest, and earning the Drane Award as the top graduating senior at APSU.  Emily is now attending graduate school at Florida Atlantic University, where she is studying machine learning and artifical intelligence in their Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program.

Meet John Garwood

John Garwood completed his B.S. in Mathematics in 2015 with a concentration in Mathematics Education.  As an undergraduate, he published research in the Electronic Journal of Differential Equation and presented at an MAA conference in Portland, Oregon.  After being awarded an Eriksson Fellowship, John earned a M.A. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in secondary Mathematics in May 2017.  He now teaches at Northeast High School in Clarksville.