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4. UAlbany Degree Requirements

Departmental Advice to Transfer Students

Actuarial and Mathematical Science Major

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University at Albany.

Actuaries are professionals who manage risk and determine premiums for insurance companies, pension plans, and other financial institutions, and government and business. To attain professional standing as an actuary requires successful completion of a series of examinations offered jointly by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. This major offers coursework related to the preliminary actuarial exams.

As a transfer student it is important for you to also use your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany. As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:

  • Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences is a combined major and minor sequence. No separate minor is required; however, the Economics minor is automatically fulfilled and may be declared.
  • An Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences major may be declared after you earn a grade of C or higher AMat 113, 119, or 214 (calculus II and multi-variable calculus). Transfer credits may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Actuarial majors are advised to follow the sequence of major courses outlined on the Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences MAP.  Note your starting point based on the math classes you have previously completed.

The mathematics courses needed for the actuarial major are 112, 113, 214, 220, 301, 362, 363, 403, 464, 465, and 467. It is important to note that 465 and 467 are offered in the fall semester and 403 and 464 are offered in the spring semester. In planning the upper level courses, note that 301 is a prerequisite for 403 and that 362 is a prerequisite for 363, which in turn is a prerequisite for 465. For more details on the prerequisites for courses, check the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Take care to note that you will also have Economics, Computer Science, Accounting and Finance requirements to satisfy.  The sequence of five Economics courses suggests that students pace themselves by taking one per semester.

If you have reached the upper level Math coursework, you may choose to satisfy the upper level writing requirement by selecting a 300+ math class listed with a “Z” suffix.  Several Math “Z” classes are offered each semester.


1. You are advised to complete and submit your Educational Plan as soon as possible, to maximize access to available seats.  The plan does not have to be perfect or final.

2. Your Educational Plan will be reviewed by a member of the Mathematics and Statistics faculty who will contact you by your UA email address with comments or questions.  

3. When your proposal is approved, you will receive an email with your AVN (Advisement Verification Number). You can expect to receive this by email within two weeks after receipt of your proposal.  Please be sure to check your UAlbany email account.  Your AVN will give you access to the registration system.

4. You may consult with an advisor during the Transfer Planning Conference (Orientation) and can finalize or make changes to your schedule at that time.



·        Contact Advisement Services Center 518 442-3960 or ITS Help Desk (518 442-3700).


Your course work is challenging and we encourage regular meetings with your academic advisor to discuss your program of study.   Check MyUAlbany to find your advisor’s name – you can expect this information to appear within four weeks after you register for classes online.






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