Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Programs of Study

The Actuarial Science program prepares students for careers as actuaries. It helps them learn material that is included in professional examinations administered by the Society of Actuaries, which actuarial students must pass in order to achieve professional status.  In addition to actuarial science courses, students can take courses in preparation for business aspects of the actuarial profession such as accounting, law, finance, insurance, and economics.  The Society of Actuaries (SOA) has recognized University of Iowa’s actuarial science program as a Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE).  There are eight criteria for the designation, including curriculum, faculty composition, graduate quality, connection to industry, and research/scholarship.

The Data Science program produces graduates with the sophisticated analytical and computational skills required to thrive in a quantitative world where new problems are encountered at an ever-increasing rate. The major emphasizes the statistical/probabilistic and algorithmic methods that underlie the preparation, analysis, and communication of complex data. With focus on technical foundations, the data science program promotes skills useful for creating and implementing new or special-purpose analysis and visualization tools. It also promotes a fundamental understanding of how to best handle uncertainty when making data-driven decisions.  The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and the Department of Computer Science collaborate to offer the major in data science. The B.S. in data science is administered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

The Statistics program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields.  With the rise of Data Science and Analytics, the number of undergraduate students choosing to expand their knowledge base and skill set in the area of statistics has grown substantially.  The Statistics program is structured to provide students with a conceptual understanding of elementary probability and mathematical statistics, skills in data analysis and interpretation, the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and a proficiency in statistical computing.  Statistics majors choose one of three emphasis tracks.  A student chooses a track based on plans to enter the job market with a focus on data analysis or statistical computing, or to continue with graduate work after completing the BS degree.  All the tracks provide fundamental preparation for careers that employ data modeling and quantitative reasoning skills.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our programs and would like to schedule a visit to meet with us please feel free to contact us directly at actuarial-science@uiowa.edu or statistics@uiowa.edu or data-science@uiowa.edu

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