Bachelor of Science in Financial Technology - Actuarial Science Track

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  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Science in Financial Technology offers tracks in actuarial science and financial engineering. The program provides quantitatively oriented students the opportunity to apply mathematical, statistical and programming tools to the financial, risk management and actuarial disciplines. Designed to meet the growing need for quantitative modeling and analysis in finance, risk management and actuarial science, the program is technical and interdisciplinary in nature. The curriculum emphasizes courses in finance, statistics and mathematics, with supporting courses in related areas.

    The actuarial science track provides excellent preparation for the basic professional examinations and continued study in actuarial science. Students who complete this track may also find employment in areas such as derivative instruments and securities, hedging and risk assessment/management, quantitative trading and arbitrage, asset/liability management, quantitative applications in corporate and public financial policy, actuarial modeling and forecasting, reserves computation and rate making, and computer and information systems in the financial services and risk management industries.

    Students in the financial technology program must attain a grade of C or better in all technically oriented and upper-level courses. A student receiving a grade below C may repeat the course one time to raise the grade to the required level. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better must be maintained. Students who fall below a GPA of 2.5 will be placed on program probation and will be given one semester to return to a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students who do not return to the required GPA will be advised out of the program. A student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to graduate from the program.

    Actuarial science track Third year, fall semester
    ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I
    FIRE 311 Financial Management
    INFO 360 Business Information Systems
    MATH/STAT 309 Introduction to Probability Theory
    MGMT 325 Organizational Communication*  
    *MGMT 325 satisfies the research and academic writing requirement ( from Tier II of the university core )  
    Third year, spring semester

    ACCT 304 Intermediate Accounting II
    FIRE 312 Intermediate Financial Management
    FIRE 314 Investments
    INFO 364 Database Systems
    STAT 321 Introduction to Statistical Computing 

    Fourth year, fall semester
    FIRE 428 Employee Benefit Planning
    FIRE 432 Insurance Law
    FIRE 455 Options, Futures and Swaps
    MATH/OPER 327 Mathematical Modeling
    STAT 513 Mathematical Statistics I  

    Fourth year, spring semester
    FIRE 414 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
    FIRE 465 Managing Financial Risk
    STAT 514 Mathematical Statistics II AS approved elective (choose one)
    FIRE 424 Property and Liability Insurance
    FIRE 426 Life and Health Insurance
    FIRE 430 Issues in Risk Management
    FIRE 493 Internship in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

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