most wannabe actuarys do SELF study to pass the exams, in the course of being an actuary you follow through with many many exams, you will not have classes for these exams, only a book list which you are expected to read and then show up for the exam.
to be a successful actuary you have to be great at self study to breeze through these exams, as salary is related to how many exams you have completed.
So chemical engineering opposed to actuarial science may not be a horrible decision.
with a chem E degree you can be a chemical engineer or an actuary.
with a actuarial degree you can be an actuary, you cannot become a chemical engineer.
Why do i say you can become an actuary with a chem E degree? well what purpose does a degree show? that you are competent in relevant material? well simply passing for first 2 exams (probability and financial math) would certainly show that you can handle the stuff (i.e. prove yourself)
I too am concerned in my choice of major, i recently accepted offer to university of florida (transfer) for mathematics, I am strongly considering changing to nuclear engineering and it is causing me a HUGE dilemma because i did not make my mind up earlier.
do yourself a favor and decide already! not fun finding out so late that what youve been studying has no purpose to what would 'fulfill' your personal goals, etc.
(BTW i was a mathematics major with intention of becoming an actuary, I was studying for first probability exam and taking first upper division math course this spring semester and that is when i discovered that it is not what i wanted to do)
(and take into account that an actuary is like a serious desk job for most)
Last edited by rsala004; 05-03-2009 at 02:32 AM.