What is Actuarial Science?
Today’s real-life financial problems require statistics, probability, and risk theory. Actuaries address the uncertainties associated with life insurance, property and casualty insurance, annuities, and pensions or other employee benefit plans.
We’ll provide you with the four basic requirements to becoming an actuary – education, experience, strong communication skills, and assistance in the completion of a series of qualifying exams by various professional bodies.
Tiana is a very active member on our campus. She is our senior math ambassador and the VP of logistics in the University of Waterloo finance association. On top of this, she is also the undergraduate representative in the Computing Advisory Council, the year representative in the Math Endowment Fund. Additionally, she was the lead accountant in TedxUW 2019 and then finally she is also a member of Club Supports Team in Feds.
As an exceptional international student, Tiana is a recipient of the Global Scholarship from the Faculty of Mathematics which involves a large amount of on and off-campus extracurricular activities. Her off-campus involvements involve being a campus ambassador at both Coaching Actuaries and DreambigCareer. She is also a private tutor and attends dance practice in her free time.
“We have one of the best, competitive, challenging, and intellectually rewarding math programs in the world!”
Your first year
All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:
- Classical Algebra (MATH 135 or MATH 145),
- Calculus 1 (MATH 137 or MATH 147), and
- Computer Science (CS) (one of CS 115, CS 135, or CS 145).
- A communications course
- One non-math elective*
*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.
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Contact the actuarial science advisors for more information