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

If you have talent in math, and interest in business, economics, finance, or statistics, the bachelor's degree in actuarial science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire can prepare you for a wide variety of career paths and industry jobs in high demand. Actuaries are essential employees in the fields of health care, insurance, banking, finance, government, e-commerce, employee benefits and many more.

Graduates of the actuarial science degree program at UW-Eau Claire enter jobs in countless different industries. They measure, calculate and manage financial risk, and have a deep understanding of mathematics, statistics and business. If you've heard of risk management and have considered a risk management degree program, you really should examine the UW-Eau Claire actuarial science degree. It's the best of both worlds, and here's why: someone with a degree in actuarial science can work as a risk management analyst, but the reverse is not the case. The tests required to be a professional actuary are not part of the curriculum for a risk management degree. A major in actuarial science will give graduates the flexibility to work as an actuary and/or analyst in specialty areas within businesses, such as risk management.

Actuaries are more than number crunchers — Blugold actuaries help businesses grow, provide value to their customers, and they help industry leaders make decisions more strategically.

David Miller, actuarial science major, intern at Travelers Insurance in St. Paul

Actuarial science team wins Travelers CASE competition

David Miller will graduate in May 2020, but won't be sweating the job search process when he does. Miller is one of many Blugolds to accept a full-time job offer prior to their commencement date.

After completing two internships with Travelers Insurance in St. Paul, Miller will join that office full time in June 2020. He enjoyed all aspects of his time as a Blugold, especially the small campus size and the ability to get know his professors well. The fact that UW-Eau Claire rates as a top college for actuarial science made the choice easier as well.

"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," Miller said.

Actuarial science degree scholarships and financial aid

UW-Eau Claire understands that the cost of a college degree can be a burden for students and families, and we have many avenues for scholarships available to students, and several funds designated for actuarial science majors. Between those funds and traditional financial aid assistance, we help to get the financial bases covered. 

Accounting 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 the actuarial science degree.  Learn more about general and actuarial science scholarships that may be available to you by visiting our Scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire 

Student support is one of our top priorities and we are here to help you through the financial aid process. UW-Eau Claire strives to make the applications and payments as seamless as possible. Get in touch with student-focused staff remotely or in person through Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. Our staff helps you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, leaving you free 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, some online opportunities 
Minors
  • Actuarial science
Student organizations
  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Math club
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM

Actuarial science bachelor's degree program highlights

Students considering a bachelor's degree in actuarial science clearly love numbers, and we have a few standout numbers to consider. UW-Eau Claire's bachelor's degree program in actuarial science was recently rated to be in the 10 best colleges for actuarial science in the U.S. by the Accounting Degree Review magazine, and we are among the on 69 universities in the country labeled with the "Advanced Curriculum" designation by the U.S. Society of Actuaries

Be prepared. Graduates of the actuarial science program at UW-Eau Claire earn a degree complete with full preparation to pass five of the professional actuary examinations recognized by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). In addition, through building a strong network of industry partners, our students have unique opportunities in the area industry and stay well informed of current trends and best practices. 

80%

Average job placement of actuarial graduates

$62,700

average starting actuary salary

10th

Best Job rank from CareerCast for 2019

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

A degree in actuarial science from UW-Eau Claire will launch graduates into a career that's highly in demand, with the skills to land a rewarding job. Whether starting our with a small or large organizations, Blugold actuaries are finding tremendous success in the field.

Where are actuarial science alumni now? 

Actuarial science careers

With their diverse backgrounds in actuarial work, the 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 | Alum, Actuarial Science Major
Travelers Case Competition2018

Actuarial science major wins major scholarship

The proof of program success is in the outcomes, and a team of actuarial science majors at UW-Eau Claire proved that our program is producing skilled actuaries ready to make a real difference for business and industry upon graduation. 

A team of six UW-Eau Claire actuarial science majors competed and took first place and were awarded $1,500 at the 10th annual Travelers Actuarial Case Competition held on February 23, 2018. 

The team of juniors from UW-Eau Claire was one of 10 teams nationwide invited to participate in this event held at the St. Paul, MN and Hartford, CT offices of Travelers.

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.

Actuarial science bachelor's degree curriculum

UW-Eau Claire’s actuarial science degree will give you a variety of experience with courses in mathematics and business. The core math courses range 100-400 levels, and are supplemented by requirements in macro and microeconomics, accounting and finance. 

Graduation requirements for actuarial science bachelor's degree

Liberal education core (36 credtis)
Mathematics core (33 credits)
Economics (9-10 credits)
Accounting (3 credits)
Business communications (2 credits)
Finance (Principles of finance)

View more in UWEC course catalog.

Top classes for actuarial science degree majors

Mathematical Models for Financial Economics
Econometrics
Long Term Financial Management
Linear Regression Analysis, with Time Series

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