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ACTUARIAL AND FINANCIAL SCIENCE

Why Choose Actuarial and Financial Science?

At Elmira College, our small class sizes and campus community provide you individual attention and support to help you broaden your understanding of the world and develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills you need to enter the workforce and succeed as an actuarial professional. This degree joins the fields of mathematics, statistics, and finance and equips you with the ability to analyze data and assess risk.

What Actuarial and Financial Science Will Teach You!

What you’ll learn are high-demand skills that position you for a versatile set of career paths ideal for anyone who loves to solve problems and puzzle out complex information. As part of the actuarial and financial science degree requirements, we prepare you for two of the challenging Society of Actuaries (SOA) preliminary examinations and three SOA Validation by Educational Experience areas.

Where Actuarial and Financial Science Can Take You!

What can you do with a degree in actuarial and financial science? Providing you with skills in problem solving, data analysis, and risk assessment, our program prepares you for a career as an actuary, budget analyst, cost estimator, financial analyst, or insurance underwriter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an entry-level position in the field of actuarial science typically requires only a bachelor’s degree and actuaries earn a median salary of $100K per year. Salaries will vary according to state, experience and certification level. The number of actuarial positions is projected to grow 18% over the next 10 years, much higher than the 4% growth projected nationally among all occupations.

Why Choose Actuarial and Financial Science?

At Elmira College, our small class sizes and campus community provide you individual attention and support to help you broaden your understanding of the world and develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills you need to enter the workforce and succeed as an actuarial professional. This degree joins the fields of mathematics, statistics, and finance and equips you with the ability to analyze data and assess risk.

What Actuarial and Financial Science Will Teach You!

What you’ll learn are high-demand skills that position you for a versatile set of career paths ideal for anyone who loves to solve problems and puzzle out complex information. As part of the actuarial and financial science degree requirements, we prepare you for two of the challenging Society of Actuaries (SOA) preliminary examinations and three SOA Validation by Educational Experience areas.

Where Actuarial and Financial Science Can Take You!

What can you do with a degree in actuarial and financial science? Providing you with skills in problem solving, data analysis, and risk assessment, our program prepares you for a career as an actuary, budget analyst, cost estimator, financial analyst, or insurance underwriter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an entry-level position in the field of actuarial science typically requires only a bachelor’s degree and actuaries earn a median salary of $100K per year. Salaries will vary according to state, experience and certification level. The number of actuarial positions is projected to grow 18% over the next 10 years, much higher than the 4% growth projected nationally among all occupations.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:

  • Dr. Daniel Kjar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology; Mathematics & Natural Sciences Division Chair | dkjar@elmira.edu
  • Dr. Alison M. Wolfe, B.S., M.B.A, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing; Business & Economics Division Chair | awolfe@elmira.edu

Full-time Faculty:


Part-time Faculty:

Students majoring in actuarial and financial science have the time and opportunity to travel abroad during Term III at Elmira College.

Honor Societies:


Clubs:

  • Financial Management Association Elmira College Student Chapter - The Financial Management Association (FMA) has more than 3,000 student members in 175+ active chapters around the world. FMA’s Student Chapter Programs provide networking opportunities, career development resources and exclusive finance-related content.
  • Investment Club - The Investment Club was founded by Patrick Schmelzinger ‘20. The club holds an annual virtual trading contest that is open to all students. The contest uses an up-to-date virtual trading platform and allows students to invest a hypothetical sum in stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s, bonds and commodities of their choosing.

Internships:

A wide range of internship opportunities are available to Elmira College students. For a complete list, please refer to the Elmira College Office of Career Services.


Career Opportunities:

Our program prepares you for an actuarial career and related roles such as budget analyst, cost estimator, financial analyst and insurance underwriter. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an entry-level position in the field of actuarial science typically requires only a bachelor’s degree and actuaries earn a median salary of $100K per year. Salaries will vary according to state, experience and certification level. The number of actuarial positions is projected to grow 18% over the next 10 years, much higher than the 4% growth projected nationally among all occupations.