Actuarial Science combines mathematics and statistics to assess, manage, and analyze risk in the insurance and finance industries. Most common in the insurance and pension fields, actuaries are accredited professionals who evaluate the likelihood of certain events, model and asses insurance risks, and calculate insurance premiums. Most actuaries work in Life, Health, and Property and Casualty insurance. Actuarial Science emphasizes on 

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Computer Science

Before becomming an accredited actuary, actuarial exams outside of school and the Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirement must be completed. The preliminary actuarial exams focus on probability, finance, and other rate modeling topics. Actuarial Science students are encouraged to complete around two exams before earning their Bachelor's degree. The VEE requirement consists of courses in Economics, Applied Statististical Methods, and Corporate Finance. These courses can be completed at OSU or elsewhere online.


Learn more about the preliminary exams.

Learn more about the VEE requirement and the list of approved courses provided at OSU.

Learn more about the Actuarial Science Program at OSU.

Learn more about the Actuarial Science Minor.