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Tracks for the BS Major in Mathematics

Mathematics: The mathematics track is appropriate for those students interested in mathematical theory and graduate studies in mathematics.

Actuarial science: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "[a]ctuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty." Students who specialize in actuarial science may work for insurance, pension planning, or financial firms.

Working as an actuary requires professional licensure from either the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society. You can do everything you need to get your first job as an actuary at Hofstra:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the three Validation by Educational Experience topics by passing the following courses with a grade of B- or better.
    • Economics: ECO 001 and ECO 002
    • Accounting and Finance: ACCT 101, FIN 101, and FIN 110
    • Mathematical Statistics: MATH 137 and MATH 138
  • Pass exams administered by one of the professional societies.
    • Exam P/1: Probability. The material is covered in MATH 137 and MATH 138, and we offer MATH 103 as a prep course.
    • Exam FM/2: Financial Mathematics. The material is covered in MATH 95, and we can arrange a prep course as an independent study.
  • Get an actuarial internship with the help of the Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development and our actuarial director, Dr. Johanna Franklin.

Applied Mathematics: Students in the applied mathematics track may apply their skills and academic experience to jobs related to a wide variety of industries, including finance, government, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, or Physics: These tracks are geared toward mathematics majors who aspire to work in a math-related capacity in one of these fields.

Program Requirements for the BS Major in Mathematics