Actuarial Science

Program Overview

In a world of uncertainty, actuaries use mathematics, statistics and computer software to assess and manage financial risk. Considered the backbone of the insurance and financial security industries, actuarial science is a highly regarded field that businesses and government rely on to improve forecasting and decision-making.

Actuarial Science graduates can persue rewarding careers as actuaries, analysts, consultants, underwriters, brokers, and senior executives with national and regional industry leaders in consulting, health care, insurance, and finance.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Actuarial Science program will be able to

  • Be prepared to take the Society of Actuaries (SOA) exams required for employment in the actuarial science profession.
  • Demonstrate the proficiency in all three Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements by SOA.
  • Write technical reports and make technical presentations containing statistical and actuarial results.
  • Apply statistical methods using relevant software to solve real world problems.
  • Gain the foundation in finance, mathematics, statistics, and other related fields to continue their study for and take additional SOA exams to advance their career.

Curriculum Overview

The BSBA actuarial science curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, finance, and other key business principles to prepare students for multiple actuarial exams and other requirements to achieve professional certification through the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

Besides specialized knowledge, the skills developed and horned through the curricular and co-curricular activities include keen analytical and problem solving skills, solid oral and written communication skills, and strong computer skills.

In addition, students will develop business acumen and leadership qualities through the business core and leadership requirements.

Degree Offered

  • B.S.B.A. in Actuarial Science

Contact

William Amadio, PhD
Associate Professor
Sweigart Hall 368
609-896-5254
amadio@rider.edu

Actuarial Science Major Requirements

(36 credits)

Business Core
See Business Core Requirements
Required Finance Course6
Intermediate Corporate Finance
Required Management Science Courses9
Quantitative Meth Bus Forecast
Regression/Analysis Variance
Compound Interest Theory
Required Mathematics Courses21
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Linear Algebra
Probability & Stat Analysis I
Probability & Statistical Analysis II
Recommended Free Electives 1
Financial Markets & Institut
International Finance
Investments
Risk Management
Derivatives
Economics of Health Care Sys
Total Credits36

4 Year Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MTH 210 Calculus I 4
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MTH 211 Calculus II 4
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MTH 212 Calculus III 4
MTH 240 Linear Algebra 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
Global Cultural Liberal Arts 3
Humanities Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 309 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3
MSD 350 Compound Interest Theory 3
MTH 340 Probability & Statistical Analysis I 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MTH 341 Probability & Statistical Analysis II 3
Global Cultural Liberal Arts 3
International Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
MSD 320 Quantitative Methods for Business Forecasting 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
International Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
MSD 325 Regression/Analysis Variance 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

Business Honors students may have a different course sequence.

3 Year Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
MTH 210 Calculus I (This plan assumes the student will be receiving AP or transfer credit for MTH 210 Calculus I) 4
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MTH 211 Calculus II 4
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours20
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MTH 212 Calculus III 4
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 350 Compound Interest Theory 3
MTH 340 Probability & Statistical Analysis I 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
JTerm
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
FIN 309 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3
MTH 240 Linear Algebra 3
MTH 341 Probability & Statistical Analysis II 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 320 Quantitative Methods for Business Forecasting 3
Global Cultural Liberal Arts 3
International Business Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
JTerm
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
MSD 325 Regression/Analysis Variance 3
Global Cultural Liberal Arts 3
International Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

This plan assumes the student will receive AP or transfer credits for MTH 210 Calculus I prior to starting at Rider.

Business Honors students may have a different course sequence.

Courses and Descriptions

ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to basic principles and methods of accounting essential to preparation, understanding and interpretation of financial statements. Topics include accounting for merchandising concerns, current assets, long-term assets, liabilities and equity accounts. A brief overview of internal control is also covered.

ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Credits

A collective view of income receiving and spending sectors of the national economy, including households, businesses, and governments. Issues discussed: What determines the level of output, income, and employment achieved by the economy? What determines the growth of national output and employment? National income accounting, income and employment theory, monetary system, general price level, business cycle, government policies designed to provide for full employment, price stability, and economic growth are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): Place into MSD 105 based on SAT or ACT Score, OR place into MSD 105/MTH 102 by passing College Placement, OR passing MTH 100S with a grade of ‘Y’, OR passing MSD 104, OR having transferred in any college level MSD or MTH class.

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3 Credits

Market price systems are analyzed. The nature and characteristics of consumer and producer behavior, the theory of pricing in competitive and noncompetitive markets, and determination of the distribution of output a re evaluated. Welfare, social control, monopoly, and income inequality a re explored in the light of price theory. The role of the United States in the world economy is explored.

Prerequisite(s): Place into MSD 105 based on SAT or ACT Score, OR place into MSD 105/MTH 102 by passing College Placement, OR passing MTH 100S with a grade of ‘Y’, OR passing MSD 104, OR having transferred in any college level MSD or MTH class.

FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3 Credits

An introduction to the environment, concepts, and techniques of financial management. Topics include forms of business organization, taxes, analysis of financial performance, financial planning, financial markets and interest rates, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and international financial management.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 210 and ECO 201.

FIN 307 Financial Markets & Institut 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the organization and behavior of financial markets and institutions in the economy. The factors determining security prices and interest rates in the money and capital markets are analyzed. An overview of all major financial institutions is presented. In addition, market returns, the regulatory environment, and monetary policy are examined.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 220 or concurrent with FIN 220.

FIN 308 International Finance 3 Credits

Financial management in the international environment. Topics include balance of payments, foreign exchange markets, arbitrage, hedging of currency risk, country risk management, and the evaluation of foreign investment opportunities.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 220.

FIN 309 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3 Credits

This course builds on and extends the concepts of financial management learned in FIN 220. The course examines long-term corporate financing and investment decisions and how those decisions interface with each other. Topics covered include: cost of capital, financial planning and analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 220.

FIN 312 Investments 3 Credits

The fundamentals of investing in stocks, bonds, and other negotiable instruments are covered. Major topics include trading on securities markets, mutual funds, international investing, margin accounts, short sales, determinants of securities prices, and investment risks. Stock options, financial futures, convertible securities, and implications of taxes on investment decisions are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 220.

FIN 340 Risk Management 3 Credits

This course examines the risk management process as applied to the firm as a whole. It integrates the management of all risks facing the firm: strategic, financial, hazard, and operational. Techniques for identifying risk, measuring and analyzing it, and selecting an appropriate treatment will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 220.

FIN 360 Fixed Income and Derivatives 3 Credits

This course centers on the quantitative portion of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 1 curriculum, which includes materials on fixed-income risk and return, fundamentals of risk analysis, derivative instruments and risk management applications of option strategies. The goal is to help students prepare for the exam, as well as introduce them to a variety topocs in finance.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 312.

HTH 336 Economics of Health Care System 3 Credits

This course presents ways in which economic analysis can be used to explain issues in the health care industry. Microeconomics tools will be used to describe the behavior of consumers, producers, and third parties of the health care sector. The course also investigates the role of government in regulating the health care sector, and in providing services to the poor and elderly. Finally, we will use this foundation to examine some recent changes in this industry, and to analyze the most recent proposals for further changes.

MSD 320 Quantitative Methods for Business Forecasting 3 Credits

A study of the various quantitative techniques applicable to the problems of forecasting that occur in business and industry. Topics may include the regression techniques of causal modeling, as well as the moving average, exponential smoothing, and Box-Jenkins approaches of time series analysis. All methods are illustrated with the use of realistic forecasts.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 201 or MTH 341.

MSD 325 Regression/Analysis Variance 3 Credits

This course examines the use of applied linear statistical models to adequately describe practical relationships in business and economics. The implementation of a popular statistical computing package to analyze realistic data sets is an important component of the course. Topics include simple and multiple linear regression, model diagnostics and remedial measures, and the analysis of variance.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 201 or MTH 341.

MSD 350 Compound Interest Theory 3 Credits

A thorough treatment of the theory and applications of compound interest. Topics include the measurement of interest, elementary and general annuities, amortization schedules and sinking funds, and bonds and other securities.

Prerequisite: MSD 111 or equivalent. Fall.

MTH 210 Calculus I 4 Credits

Introduces analytic geometry, functions, limits, and derivatives; differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions, curve sketching, maxima and minima, and higher derivatives.

Prerequisite(s): Math SAT 650 or higher or Math ACT 28 or higher or successful completion of MTH 105.

MTH 211 Calculus II 4 Credits

The definite integral, differentiation of transcendental functions, methods of integration and approximate integration, determination of area, volume, and surface area.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 210.

MTH 212 Calculus III 4 Credits

Infinite series; functions of two and three variables, vectors and tangent planes, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, determination of volume and density.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 211.

MTH 240 Linear Algebra 3 Credits

Systems of linear equations; vector spaces; linear independence; determinants; orthogonality; linear maps; eigenvectors.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 210 or as corequisite; sophomore standing; or permission of instructor.

MTH 340 Probability & Statistical Analysis I 3 Credits

Theory of sets and probability; discrete and continuous random variables and probability distributions. Emphasizes foundations and utilizes the techniques of the calculus.

Prerequisite(s): MTH 212 or MSD 111.

MTH 341 Probability & Statistical Analysis II 3 Credits

Continuation of MTH 340. Foundations of mathematical statistics: normal distributions, estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; topics chosen from student’s t- test, chi-square tests, analysis of variance and regression analysis. Emphasizes foundations and utilizes the techniques of the calculus.

Prerequisite: MTH 340. Spring.