Statistics and Actuarial Science B.S.

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Program Type
Bachelor of Science
Mathematics & Statistics
Swenson College of Science and Engineering

About this Program

The science of statistics is concerned with generating and analyzing data.

Actuarial science applies statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and financial industries.

The statistics and actuarial science major prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields, from banking and government to health care. Advisors have information on the national actuarial examinations.

  • Active learning environment
  • Access to state-of-the–art instrumentation
  • Focus on undergraduate teaching and research

Acquired Skills

  • Know the basic definitions, notations, and theorems of mathematics/statistics.
  • Be able to apply statistical and mathematical techniques and models to solve problems.
  • Know how to write programming code and use mathematical/statistical software to analyze data and interpret results.
  • Be able to write a coherent description of a mathematical or statistical presentation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Career Possibilities

Career opportunities for mathematics and statistics are extensive. Obvious careers involve working as an actuary for an insurance or consulting company, or as a teacher. Most mathematics and statistics majors, however, use their problem solving skills in the business world – analyzing processes, data, and algorithms, or in government research. Employers hire mathematics and statistics majors because employers know those students are able to work on hard problems, and to make logical decisions.

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data

Admissions and Scholarships

In addition to SCSE scholarships, our department has several scholarships including:

  • James L. Nelson Memorial Scholarship
  • UMD Lounsberry Scholarship
  • Robert L. Senkler Scholarship
  • Faculty Excellence Scholarships
  • Grace Peterson Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Sylvan D. Burgstahler Memorial Scholarship
  • William and Rhonda Krossner Scholarship in memory of Professor Mark Kac
  • Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Scholarship in honor of William Lokke
  • Barry R. and Kang Ling James Scholarship for Mathematics and Statistics

Student Clubs

Actuary Club

Strives to help students pass actuarial exams and prepare for employment.

There are a variety of events the club hosts to strengthen students' leadership, networking, professional, and actuarial skills.

The club also provides students with the option to complete the Validation by Educational Experience Credit. Requirements for this credit contain topics not incorporated in the preliminary actuarial exams, but that are still considered necessary skills for an actuary.