Graduation with Honors in Actuarial Science

Undergraduate Policy Revisions

  • CLAS is now requiring that all departments drop membership in UI Honors as a requirement for pursuing Honors in the Major; any student who wishes to earn both may still do so. The Honors in the Major thesis or other project will be accepted by UI Honors for the 12 s.h. of experiential learning required for graduating with UI Honors. CLAS departments may continue to set GPA expectations and other standards and requirements for Honors in the Major, with a minimum UI cumulative GPA of 3.33 suggested.

Students majoring in actuarial science have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. To graduate with honors in Actuarial Science, a student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.40 in departmental courses and complete the following five courses in addition to all courses required for the major.

To graduate with honors in the actuarial science major, students must complete the following five courses in addition to all courses required for the major.

Table showing students must complete the following five courses in addition to all courses required for the major
Course Name Semester Hours
ACTS:6480 Loss Distributions 3 s.h.
ACTS:6580 Credibility and Survival Analysis 3 s.h.

STAT:4560 Statistics for Risk Modeling

3 s.h.
FIN:3300 (06F:117) Corporate Finance 3 s.h.

MATH:3600 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 s.h.

Actuarial science honors students may not elect to complete ACTS:6480 Loss Distributions and ACTS:6580 Credibility and Survival Analysis instead of ACTS:4280 Life Contingencies II in fulfilling requirements for the actuarial science major. They must complete ACTS:4280 as part of the major, and they must complete ACTS:6480 and ACTS:6580 for honors credit.

In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.
Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the actuarial science major.