Actuarial Science – Online Minor

Help drive strategic decision-making for businesses

In a world that’s constantly changing, businesses everywhere need to enhance their organizational resilience through informed, data-driven decisions and forecasting. Actuaries play a critical role in leveraging data analytics to improve risk assessment, pricing accuracy and overall decision-making within an organization.

By earning a minor in actuarial science online from Oregon State University, you'll learn how to use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess risks and develop policies that help businesses navigate potential events and minimize their associated costs. Studying actuarial science can be a valuable complement to many academic majors — preparing you to address contemporary risk management issues in the industry of your choosing.


Through this 28-credit online minor, you’ll learn how to apply concepts of advanced mathematics to actuarial situations.

Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics 

  • Differential calculus
  • Vector Calculus I
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Introduction to numerical analysis
  • Methods of data analysis
  • Probability, computing, and simulation in statistics
  • Applied stochastic models

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed and taught by Oregon State’s world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • OSU Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.