Explore the actuarial science bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Combine your talents in math with your interests in business and economics in the actuarial science bachelor's degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Much more than number crunchers, actuarial science graduates help businesses grow, provide value to customers and play a critical role in strategic decision making. In addition to having a deep understanding of mathematics, statistics and business, actuaries also measure, calculate and manage financial risk. Because of their critical contributions, actuaries are essential employees in the fields of health care, insurance, banking, finance, government, e-commerce, employee benefits and many more.

Preparation for at least five of the professional actuarial examinations recognized by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a strong focus of the program's curriculum. In addition, expert faculty and the University's well-established network of employer partners ensures that students have access to resume-building opportunities and are in-the-know regarding best practices, current trends and developments in the industry.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau consistently rank actuarial careers as one of the best jobs in the U.S. — and graduates are in high demand. 

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Program takes first in national competition

A team of six UW-Eau Claire actuarial science majors recently competed and took first place at the 10th annual Travelers Actuarial Case Competition. In a 4.5 hour period, the students completed data analysis and developed a comprehensive strategy to manage future losses related to catastrophes for a hypothetical company. The team presented their findings and recommended strategies to a panel of senior management leaders at Travelers, who served as judges for the event.  

The team of juniors was one of 10 teams nationwide invited to participate in the event and speak to how well the program is at producing skilled actuaries.

Actuarial science degree scholarships

Major insurance companies know the value of skilled actuaries, and they're willing to pay for UW-Eau Claire to produce them. Sentry Insurance awards eight actuarial science students each year with a $2,500 scholarship, and Travelers Insurance awards a declared actuarial science major each year a $3,000 scholarship. In addition to those funds, many other scholarships are available to the entire breadth of STEM majors, which includes those pursuing an actuarial science degree. 

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire 

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To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your actuarial science degree. 

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC

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Quick facts

Actuarial science program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This program is a comprehensive major and does not require a minor.
  • This program is also available as a minor.
Student organizations
  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Math Club
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM

Actuarial science bachelor's degree program highlights

Stellar program reputation. UW-Eau Claire's actuarial science bachelor's degree program was recently rated as one of the 10 best colleges for actuarial science in the U.S. by the Accounting Degree Review magazine. The program also received the "Advanced Curriculum" designation by the U.S. Society of Actuaries. 

Individualized and personalized education. The program's smaller class sizes allow for the formation of deeper relationships and one-on-one attention. At least once a month, employers in the field — often times alum — come into classes to speak on their experience and how the program prepared them for success. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their skills and network at national competitions.

Expert faculty who know industry needs. You'll learn from accessible faculty with real industry experience. A broad-based education allows you to experience the many facets of actuarial science and how they all work together. Relevant projects, student organizations and team-building activities allow you to strengthen your communication and leadership skills, which are highly sought-after by employers. 

Opportunities to pursue risk management. A unique benefit of an actuarial science degree is that you can go on to work as a risk management analyst, while the reverse is not the case. The tests required to be a professional actuary are not typically part of the curriculum for a risk management degree. This perk provides you with the flexibility to pursue a career as an actuary or as an analyst in specialty areas within businesses.

Preparation for what's next. Actuarial science graduates leave with the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to pass five of the professional actuary examinations recognized by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and launch into a successful career. 

What jobs can you get with an actuarial science degree from UWEC?

Graduates of the actuarial science degree program at UW-Eau Claire enter jobs in many different industries, thanks to the program's leading-edge curriculum and excellent reputation. 

Where are actuarial science alumni now? 

Actuarial science careers

With their diverse backgrounds in actuarial work, actuarial science professors bring real-life examples to the classroom that help you understand the kind of thinking you will one day use in your career. They are also some of the best professors I have ever had. On the day you graduate, you will say goodbye to a friend.

Jordan Schwartz | Actuarial Science
David Miller, actuarial science major, intern at Travelers Insurance in St. Paul

Experiential learning opportunities lead to job before graduation

Actuarial science major David Miller won't have to sweat the job search following graduation. In fact, he is one of many Blugolds to accept a full-time job offer prior to commencement.

"I have had great opportunities at UW-Eau Claire, from winning an actuarial Case competition and landing two internships, to developing my communication skills in student senate. All of these opportunities led me to receiving a full-time offer at Travelers Insurance months before graduation," David said.

Actuarial science bachelor's degree program curriculum

The interdisciplinary, comprehensive actuarial science major provides students with a strong background in mathematics, accounting, economics and business finance. Many students elect to pursue additional certificates or minors in information systems and/or business communications for even more career opportunities. 

Classes for actuarial science degree majors might include:

View more in the UWEC course catalog.

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