Actuarial Science major

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The actuarial science major is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as an actuary. However, combined with the Central liberal arts education, students completing this major have a broad foundation that will prepare them for many different business-oriented careers. Students completing the actuarial science major will have a good foundation in the material for the actuarial industry’s first two exams and will have completed two and a half of the industry’s three required Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements. Students will have the opportunity to complete the other half of the third VEE requirement while still at Central.



News about Actuarial Science

Exploring Probability and Risk

Amanda Dunkin '14 found her niche after double majoring in actuarial science and economics and interning with Transamerica in Cedar Rapids.


Successful Careers


Looking for experience? An internship just might be the answer. When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. In today's competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. In addition to internship sites in Iowa, there are also internship opportunities through Central's off-campus programs in Chicago and London.

Past internships include:

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Required courses:

Other recommended courses

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Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior and/or senior years

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Actuarial science classes will be in the Vermeer Science Center and the Weller Center for Business and International Studies. The Vermeer Science Center went through a $20-million renovation and expansion that was completed in fall 2003. The building contains 13 high-tech classrooms. Each contains a ceiling-mounted projector, computer with flat panel monitor, Wolfvision document camera, combination VCR/DVD player and a Ken-a-vision flex camera. Vermeer also contains several computer labs with new Dell computers with flat panel monitors and the most recent versions of math and science computer programs. Central was awarded a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) medal rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making the science center the first LEED-rated building in the state.

The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the economics, accounting, business management and modern language departments. The $3.9-million building was completed in 1999 and includes state-of-the-art technologies and a very energy efficient design, including solar panels on the roof. There is a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.

Department Web site

Want to know more about majoring in actuarial science at Central? Check the department website.


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Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.