Actuarial Science

The minor in actuarial science is a new course of study tailored to the needs of students interested in actuarial careers, especially in business. The minor is based in the Department of Mathematics and is best suited for math and ACMS majors.

Key Prerequisites Note:

The Math/ACMS courses require Math 20550 (Calculus III) or ACMS 20550 (Intro to Applied Methods I), which themselves require Math 10550 & 10560 (Calculus I & II) as prerequisites.  Only students in the Mendoza College of Business may use Math 10360 (Calculus B) as a prerequisite for Probability (Math 30530).

Important Notes:

The minor in actuarial science is one of the most popular programs, and has a waitlist with a wait time of over one year, so students are encouraged to apply to the minor as early as possible:

To be competitive for actuarial jobs, it is vital that students have passed the SOA Exam P/1 exam prior to starting their junior year, and SOA Exam FM/2 exam prior to starting their senior year, so be sure to plan accordingly, and take Probability (Math 30530) as early as possible.

While on the waitlist, students are not restricted from taking the ACMS/Math/Economics classes towards the minor, and are strongly encouraged to do so.

For students who plan to study abroad, note that actuarial students are typically allowed into Mendoza classes only in the Spring term, so it is strongly recommended to study abroad in the Fall semester.

Three courses in ACMS / Mathematics:

  • Probability (ACMS/MATH 30530)
  • Statistical Methods & Data Analysis I (ACMS 30600) OR Mathematical Statistics (ACMS 30540) *
  • Introduction to Financial Mathematics (MATH 30610) **

*  ACMS 30540 is recommended for math majors, and ACMS 30600 is recommended otherwise.

** This requirement may be replaced with a free elective if a student furnishes proof of passage for SOA Exam FM/2.  May be take concurrently with Probability.

Four courses from the Mendoza College of Business:

  • Accountancy I (ACCT 20100)*
  • Corporate Financial Management (FIN 20150)*
  • Investment Theory (FIN 30600)
  • Macroeconomic Analysis (FIN 30220) OR Intermediate Macro Theory (ECON 30020)

Two courses from the College of Arts & Letters:

  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 10010, 20010, 10011, or 20011)
  • Econometrics (ECON 30331)

One Mathematics/ACMS elective (any at the 30000 or 40000 level will count).

Among the 10 courses required for the minor, up to 5 courses can be double-counted for a student's major. Each course in these 10 courses beyond the 5-course double counting allowance limit will need to be replaced by an additional actuarial elective.  Applied Mathematics of Financial Economics I (ACMS 20010) and Scientific Computing (ACMS 20210) are the only 20000-level courses that will satisfy the actuarial elective requirement.

Actuarial Science Course Sequence


Review Courses Available:

  • ACMS 37011. SOA Exam P Review (1 Credit Pass/Fail)
  • ACMS 37012. SOA Exam FM Review (1 Credit Pass/Fail)

Recommended courses for students interested in becoming actuaries:

  • ACMS 20010 (Will satisfy as Actuarial Elective requirement but not College of Science or ACMS Elective) & 30010 (Satisfies all).  Applied Mathematics of Financial Economics I & II – Preparation for Exam MFE/3F
  • ACMS 40010 & 40020.  Loss Models I & II – Preparation for Exam C/4
  • Math 40610 & 40620.  Actuarial Mathematics for Life Contingencies I & II – Preparation for Exam MLC (SOA track only)
  • ACMS/MATH 20210. Scientific Computing (Will satisfy as Actuarial Elective requirement but not College of Science or ACMS Elective)
  • ACMS 37020. Projects in Actuarial Science (1 Credit.  Does not satisfy any elective requirements.)
  • ACMS 40212. Advanced Scientific Computing
  • ACMS 40730. Mathematical/Computational Modeling
  • ACMS 40760. Stochastic Modeling
  • ACMS 40852. Times Series Analysis
  • ACMS 40875. Statistical Methods in Data Mining
  • MATH 40570. Mathematical Methods in Financial Economics
  • For Mendoza students – Take MGTI 30610 (Application Development)
  • For CSE students – Take CSE 30246 (Database Concepts)


Sonja Mapes

Director of Undergraduate Studies

228 Hayes-Healy Center

Notre Dame, IN 46556


Phone:  (574) 631-7586

Jeffrey Zheng


Assistant Professor of Practice &

Actuary In-Residence


Phone:  (574) 631-4882


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