Actuary

<p>What do students aspiring to be an actuary generally major in at Berkeley? I would assume that it would be a math major with a focus on actuarial science, but when I looked at Berkeley Actuarial League website, most of the officers were majoring in statistics and economics. Why not actuarial science?</p>

<p>Actually, if you look at the statistics and applied math department website, you have to choose 3+ clustered electives and I believe actuarial science is one of them.
Course</a> Requirements: Applied Mathematics - UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics</p>

<p>There's no major called Actuarial Science in Cal. But, I think it's better just to major in a broader subject like Applied Math or Statistics because you can do something else with the degree in case you don't want to be an actuary in the future. There's also DeCals that prepare you for the actuary exams so majoring in something other than pure Actuarial Science won't hinder you one bit.</p>

<p>Ahh.........ok it makes more sense now. Thanks for the help.</p>

<p>So, which electives would probably be the most helpful for someone interested in an actuary career? I would think actuarial science, economics, and statistics? But, what about computer science, numerical analysis, and probability theory?</p>

<p>Actuarial Science: Mathematics 128B, Statistics 101 or 134, 102 or 135
Classical Mechanics: Mathematics 123, 189, Physics 105, Mechanical Engineering 104
Computer Science: Mathematics 128B, Computer Science 162, 164, 170, 172, 174, 184, 188
Economics: Economics 103, 141, Mathematics 103, 105, 123, Statistics 101, 134
Fluid Mechanics: Mathematics 128B, Mechanical Engineering 105, 106, 151, 161, 163
Geophysics: Required: Geophysics 108 and 121; Elective: 1 of Geophysics 104, 122, 130 or 145
Life & Physical Sciences: Generally: Mathematics 123, 126, 128B
Logic: Mathematics 125A,B
Mathematical Biology: Required: Mathematics 127; Elective: 2 of Mathematics 170, 172, 126 or 128B
Numerical Analysis: Mathematics 123, 126, 128B
Operations Research: Statistics 101 or 134, Indust. Engnr. & Oper. Research 130, 160, 161, 162
Probability Theory: Mathematics 105, Statistics 101 or 134, 150
Quantum Mechanics: Mathematics 126, 189, Physics 137A, 137B
Social Sciences: Generally: Statistics 101 or 134, 102 or 135, 150, 151A, 151B, 153
Statistics: Mathematics 128B, Statistics 101 or 134, 102 or 135, 150, 153, 155, 156
Systems Theory: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 104, 120, 122, 123</p>