Actuarial Science, BS

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I

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Learn to examine risk through the lens of mathematics, and enjoy a career that enables you to devise creative solutions that minimize risk and maximize reward.

Program Description

Students in the BS degree program in actuarial science combine tools from mathematics, statistics and finance to measure the impact of risk, resulting in improved forecasting and decision-making.

The degree's core classes prepare students for the required professional actuarial credentialing exams offered by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. The school also offers reimbursements upon completion for the cost of taking these exams. The actuarial science program has a strong partnership with the local insurance industry, leading to many internship and scholarship opportunities for students.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students who wish to change their major to actuarial science should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), have completed at least MAT 265 Calculus for Engineers I or MAT 270 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I and CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology (or CSE 100 or CSE 110), and have earned a "B" grade or better in all critical classes they have already completed.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Actuarial Science

Do you want to make the most of your talents in math and predictive analysis? Become an expert in finding ways to assess, calculate and manage risk, and participate in high-level business decision-making.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Actuary is consistently ranked as one of the best jobs in America. It offers a high income in a low-stress environment, with excellent job security, growth opportunities and work-life balance.

Risk is a part of daily life, and wherever there is risk, there are opportunities for actuarial intervention. Many actuaries work with insurance companies to calculate premiums, determine reserves needed to ensure an organization's financial health, and ensure that organizations conform to stringent, complex legal mandates. Others help companies to establish retirement plans or are employed as consultants.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science possess skills that are transferable to any industry and any organization that requires risk modeling and management, including:

  • colleges and universities
  • consulting firms
  • energy and environmental companies
  • financial services
  • government agencies
  • insurance companies
  • retirement and pension companies
  • transportation companies

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • Growth: 23.2%
  • Median Salary*: 113990
  Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Compliance Managers

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 128620


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook

Financial and Investment Analysts

  • Growth: 7.6%
  • Median Salary*: 95080
  Bright Outlook

Claims Adjusters, Examiners and Investigators

  • Growth: -3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 72230

Insurance Underwriters

  • Growth: -2.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76230

Investment Fund Managers

  • Growth: 16%
  • Median Salary*: 139790
  Bright Outlook

Loan Officers

  • Growth: 2.9%
  • Median Salary*: 65740


  • Growth: 31.6%
  • Median Salary*: 98920
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Professional Licensure

ASU programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification are intended to prepare students for potential licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in another state. For more information, students should visit the ASU professional licensure webpage.

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Study abroad students are able to enhance their resumes with the heightened cultural competency, and leadership and critical thinking skills they acquire through this valuable experience.

Each of the more than 300 Global Education program options, whether in a foreign country, in the U.S. or online, provides an opportunity for students to develop a valuable skill set that can give them an advantage in their career as well as personal enrichment. Global Education programs encourage students to build communication skills, challenge them to adapt and persevere, expose them to differences around the world and enhance their ability to work with diverse groups of people.

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