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Actuarial Sciences


Actuarial Sciences

Actuaries use mathematical and other skills to measure and manage risk regarding financial and social problems. An actuary might deal with questions such as: How will changing the legal drinking age affect the amount insurance companies pay out for auto accidents? Should a professional baseball team sign a certain player or not? What is the risk of a hurricane hitting Florida and what is the expected cost of recovery?

Actuaries love their job! No matter the source, actuary is consistently rated as one of the best jobs in America. In almost every category, such as work environment, employment outlook, job security, growth opportunity, and salary (especially salary), a career as an actuary is hard to beat.

Contact Kendra Feinstein, Faculty Advisor in Actuarial Sciences.

 Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college actuarial sciences program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop math skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree options:  Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree

Program Planning

Preparation:  While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics.

Placement: Before enrolling in their first math course at TCC, students must take a mathematics placement test unless they have passed a college-level mathematics class within the last two years.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in actuarial sciences and earn the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree (direct college transfer).

First Year

Math& 151
ENGL& 101
MATH& 152
ECON& 201
ENGL& 102 or ENGL& 103
MATH& 153
ECON& 202

Second Year

MATH& 220
MATH& 254
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social sciences courses must be chosen from the humanities and social sciences courses on the Approved Distribution List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List.

Approved Distribution Course List

Catalog Course Descriptions


Math Faculty Directory

Learn More

Math Advising Resource Center (MARC)


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Society of Actuaries  




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