B.S. in Actuarial Science

Actuarial science is the study of the financial implications of uncertain future events. Actuaries study how to quantify and manage risk primarily in the fields of life and health insurance, pensions, employee benefits, and investments. They also work as financial consultants and as government employees on Social Security and Medicare issues.

Actuaries must have excellent quantitative reasoning skills in addition to an understanding of modern business and finance. To become an actuary, a candidate must pass a series of exams in areas such as probability, financial mathematics, and actuarial modeling.

The actuarial science program at Valpo, administered by the mathematics and statistics department, provides a background in the areas of mathematics, finance, statistics, and economics. A bachelor of science from Valparaiso University and passing marks in the first several examinations of the Society of Actuaries are sufficient to enter the field.

Students interested in pursuing the actuarial science major should confer with the program director, Patrick Sullivan.


Students in actuarial science at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the bachelor of science. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.

Required Courses

Career Paths

A degree in actuarial science and passing exams leads directly to actuarial positions.  Valparaiso graduates have been hired into actuarial positions by: Milliman, Cincinnati Financial, The Hartford, Northwestern Mutual, Willis Towers Watson, BCU Financial, Price Water Cooper, Thrivent, and Segal Consulting. Graduates have also been hired into non-actuarial positions by: Epic Software, Davita Kidney Care, FIS Global, Panduit, GEICO, BrandSafway, and Primerica.

Actuarial Science Exam Award

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics established the Actuarial Science Exam Award to encourage professional preparation by providing partial or full reimbursement for exam fees for students successfully passing actuarial exams. The actual amount of reimbursement will depend on funds available. Preference will be given to students with financial need.

To apply for the award, the student should notify the Director of Actuarial Science, Patrick Sullivan, when they register for an exam. After passing an exam, the student should submit a copy of the certificate obtained together with proof of payment to the Director of Actuarial Science.

More information about taking and preparing for the actuarial exams can be found by clicking on the links below.