Dec 08, 2019  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Actuarial Science Honors, BS

About the Program

Actuarial Science is a joint program of Mathematics and Statistics that emphasizes course work in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, and Management.  Students can prepare for four to five of the nine course exams to become an actuary and also will be eligible for all three VEEs (Validation by Educational Experience) upon successful completion of all required and recommended courses. In addition, students also earn a second major in Statistics and most also earn a minor in Management.

Actuarial Science Website

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Free Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain free elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the free elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (63-66 credits)

Required Major Courses (63-66 credits)

Average GPA in courses must be 2.50 [excluding Calculus I, II, III] AND B or higher in major courses excluding MGMT 20000  and MGMT 20100  AND 3.5 Average GPA in major courses mark with a •

Program Requirement (0 credits)

Documentation of passing two exams given by the Society of Actuaries

  • Exam 1 - Credit Hours: 0.00
  • Exam 2 - Credit Hours: 0.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (27-50 credits)

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (satisfies UC Core Written Communication and UC Core Information Literacy)
  • or

  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (satisfies UC Core Written Communication and UC Core Information Literacy)

  • Language I Option* (Select courses COULD satisfy UC Core Human Cultures Humanities) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • Language II Option* (Select courses COULD satisfy UC Core Human Cultures Humanities) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • Language III/Culture/Diversity Option* (Select courses COULD satisfy UC Core Human Cultures Humanities) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • Technical Writing Option and Technical Presenting Option (Select courses COULD satisfy UC Core Oral Communication) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 6.00
  • Laboratory Science I Option (satisfies UC Core Science) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Laboratory Science II Option (satisfies UC Core Science) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • General Education I Option (Select courses COULD satisfy UC Core Human Culture Behavioral/UC Core Social Science) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education II Option (Select courses COULD satisfy UC Core Human Culture Behavioral/UC Core Social Scienc) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • STAT 35000 - Introduction To Statistics
  • Computing Option - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Teambuilding and Collaboration Experience* - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • Great Issues Option - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Experience* (Select courses COULD satisfies UC Core Science, Technology, and Society) - met within major
  • *Requirement may be met with a zero credit experiential learning option. See your advisor for more information

Electives (4-30 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15-18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

  • Calculus II Option - Credit Hours: 4.00 - 5.00
  • MA 37300 - Financial Mathematics
  • Computing Option (CS 17700  & meets Teambuilding & Collaboration) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Language II Option - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Free Elective - Credit Hours: 1.00

14-17 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16-17 Credits

15-18 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16-17 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15-16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


Students must earn a 2.5 average GPA among required MA/STAT/MGMT/ECON courses excluding Calculus I, II, III, and STAT 35000  AND A or B in major courses excluding MGMT 20000  and 20100  AND 3.5 Average GPA in major courses marked with a • and pass two SOA exams.

3.3 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

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