Due to the demanding nature of the actuarial science major and the difficulty of the professional examinations, the department maintains a selective admission program for actuarial science. Students must apply and be admitted to the major.

Students interested in becoming actuaries should declare an interest in actuarial science as their major when they enter the University of Iowa. Ordinarily, students apply for admission to the actuarial science major in the fall semester of their sophomore year, after they have taken MATH:3770 Fundamental Properties of Spaces and Functions I or MATH:2850 Calculus III, and STAT:3100 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I. Students should apply no later than the end of the spring semester of their junior year.

Students admitted to the actuarial science major usually have completed at least 40 s.h. at the University or at another postsecondary institution, including a three- or four-course calculus sequence, a course in linear algebra, and a calculus-based course in probability and statistics. The admission decision is based on a student's performance in these courses and other courses relevant to success in the major. ACT or SAT scores are considered in evaluating transfer students. Factors such as work ethic, enthusiasm, and commitment also may be considered. Students who do well in the prerequisite math courses tend to be the most successful in actuarial science.

For application forms and more information about selective admission, contact the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • be able to bring to bear actuarial, financial, mathematical, and statistical techniques to model and analyze risks, particularly in the context of insurance and pension;
  • have the knowledge and analytical ability to pass the initial professional actuarial examinations given by the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society, and develop the skills needed for successful self-study of the advanced professional examinations;
  • be skillful in using and developing computer software to solve actuarial problems;
  • be able to clearly communicate results from an actuarial analysis to all stakeholders, and write effective reports that describe the analysis and summarize important findings; and
  • possess a basic understanding of insurance and business operations.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in actuarial science requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 51 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

The program prepares students for careers as actuaries. It also helps them learn material that is included in professional examinations administered by professional organizations such as the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Students take a variety of actuarial science courses. They prepare for business aspects of the actuarial profession by studying accounting, law, finance, insurance, and economics. They also complete courses that enhance important communication skills, such as writing and speaking, as part of their GE CLAS Core requirements.

Courses Required for the Major

The B.S. with a major in actuarial science requires the following coursework. Permission to substitute coursework taken at another institution for required courses at the University of Iowa is decided case by case; students should contact the department.

Computer Science
This course:
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
Mathematics
All of these:
MATH:1850Calculus I4
MATH:1860Calculus II4
MATH:2700Introduction to Linear Algebra4
MATH:2850Calculus III4
MATH:3770Fundamental Properties of Spaces and Functions I4
Statistics and Actuarial Science
All of these:
ACTS:3080Mathematics of Finance I3
ACTS:4130Quantitative Methods for Actuaries3
ACTS:4150Fundamentals of Short-Term Actuarial Mathematics3
ACTS:4180Life Contingencies I3
ACTS:4280Life Contingencies II3
STAT:3100/IGPI:3100Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT:3101/IGPI:3101Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II3
STAT:4100/IGPI:4100Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT:4101/IGPI:4101Mathematical Statistics II3

In exceptional cases, the advisor may grant permission to waive STAT:3100/IGPI:3100 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I and/or STAT:3101/IGPI:3101 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II.

Students may choose to complete STAT:4560 Statistics for Risk Modeling I and STAT:4561 Statistics for Risk Modeling II (both courses) instead of ACTS:4280 Life Contingencies II, except honors students, who must complete all three courses.

Honors in the Major

Students majoring in actuarial science have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. They must maintain a UI cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.33, a g.p.a. of at least 3.40 in all departmental courses, and complete the following five courses in addition to all courses required for the major.

ACTS:6200Predictive Analytics3
FIN:3300Corporate Finance3
MATH:3600Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
STAT:4560Statistics for Risk Modeling I3
STAT:4561Statistics for Risk Modeling II3

University of Iowa Honors Program

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.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge and a focused practice of transferable skills necessary for a lifetime of learning.

GE CLAS Core courses are particularly valuable for students making the transition into the University of Iowa. They help students understand the academic expectations of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while providing the knowledge and skills needed for more advanced work in the major.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or Bachelor of Music (B.M.)—must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.

GE CLAS Core Areas and Requirements

The GE CLAS Core has 11 required areas, grouped into three categories. Students must fulfill the requirements in each GE CLAS Core area. The requirements below are for students who entered the University of Iowa during Summer 2022 or after. Students who entered during a previous semester are held to different requirements as indicated on a student's degree audit.

Communication and Literacy:

Sustainability:

Students complete this requirement by choosing an approved GE CLAS Core course that integrates Sustainability (with no additional semester hours) with a course from the Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences category or the Culture, Society, and the Arts category.

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences:

Culture, Society, and the Arts:

Students may count transfer credit and/or credit by exam toward some GE CLAS Core requirements. See CLAS Core Policies for details regarding use of transfer credit, credit by exam, and other policies for how GE CLAS Core requirements may be fulfilled.

Communication and Literacy

Diversity and Inclusion

Courses in the Diversity and Inclusion area help to develop students’ recognition of their positions in an increasingly pluralistic world while fostering an understanding of social and cultural differences. Students reflect critically on their own social and cultural perspectives while increasing their ability to engage with people who have backgrounds or ideas different from their own. Students also explore the historical and structural bases of inequality and the benefits and challenges of diversity.

Transfer credit is not accepted for the Diversity and Inclusion requirement; students must complete this requirement with coursework taken at the University of Iowa.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Diversity and Inclusion area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3
AFAM:1130The History of African American Film3
AFAM:1241/MUS:1741The Soundtrack of Black America3
AFAM:2064/SOC:2064African American Families: Urban and Suburban3
AFAM:2070/COMM:2069Black Television Culture3
AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
AMST:2025Diversity in American Culture3
ANTH:2151/GWSS:2151/IS:2151Global Migration in the Contemporary World3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America3
ARTS:2100Printmaking and Politics of Protest3
ASIA:2222/GWSS:2222/WLLC:2222Women in Premodern East Asian Literature3
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
CINE:1195Video Games and Identity3
CINE:1625Race, Gender, and Sexuality on Screen3
CLSA:2620/RELS:2620Politics, Sex, and the Bible3
CLSA:2800Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean World3
COMM:1168Music and Social Change3
COMM:1898/LATS:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
CSD:1200Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities3
DANC:2065Performing Power/Performing Protest: The Body, Identity, and the Image3
DANC:2085Introduction to African Caribbean Dance Practices3
DST:1101Introduction to Disability Studies3
EDTL:2670Peacebuilding, Singing, and Writing in a Prison Choir3
EDTL:4900Foundations of Special Education3
EPLS:1240Finding Your Path in Higher Education3
GRMN:2600Witch Hunts in Fact and Fiction: A Global History of Exclusion3-4
GRMN:2620/WLLC:2620Anne Frank and Her Story3-4
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S.3
HHP:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
HHP:2280Cultural Competency in Health Promotion3
HIST:1040Diversity in History3
HIST:2267/AFAM:2267African American History to 1877: From Slave Cabin to Senate Floor3
HIST:2268/AFAM:2268African American History Since the Civil War3
IS:2020World Events Today!3
ITAL:2660The Italian American Experience3
JMC:2500Community Media3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
LATS:2280/HIST:2280/SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies3
LING:1070Language Attitudes: Is How You Sound How You Are Seen?3
MATH:1210Diverse Perspectives in the Mathematical Sciences3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways (GE status effective fall 2022; students with a first degree-seeking session of summer 2017 and beyond may use this course for the Diversity and Inclusion GE requirement)3
PHIL:2425Sex, Marriage, Friendship, and the Law (GE status effective fall 2022; students with a first degree-seeking session of summer 2017 and beyond may use this course for the Diversity and Inclusion GE requirement)3
POLI:1601Introduction to Social Media and Politics3
POLI:1800Introduction to the Politics of Class and Inequality3
POLI:1900Introduction to the Politics of Race3
POLI:1950Introduction to the Politics of Religion3
PSY:1501Everyone's a Little Bit Biased: The Science Behind Prejudice3
RELS:1015Global Religious Conflict and Diversity3
RELS:2000Engaging Religious Diversity for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (GE status effective fall 2022)3
RELS:2330Wealth, Inequality, and Islam3
RHET:2135/SJUS:2135Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion3
RUSS:2232Romani (Gypsy) Cultures of Eastern Europe3
SJUS:1001/GWSS:1003Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC:1030Contemporary Social Problems3-4
SOC:2830Race and Ethnicity3
SPAN:2050Spanish in the United States3
SPST:1074/AMST:1074/GWSS:1074Inequality in American Sport3
THTR:2320Playwriting in a Global World3
THTR:2405Staging Americans: U.S. Cultures Through Theatre and Performance3
THTR:2601Theatre for Community Engagement3
THTR:2605/EDTL:2963Monsters, Victims, and Villains: Changing Perceptions3
TRNS:2000Translation and Global Society3
WLLC:1200/DST:1200/GHS:1200/GRMN:1200Disabilities and Inclusion in Writing and Film Around the World3
WLLC:2001/ASIA:2001/FREN:2010/RUSS:2001/SPAN:2001/TRNS:2001Global Science Fiction3
WRIT:2100Writing and Community Outreach3

Interpretation of Literature

Courses in the Interpretation of Literature area focus on the major genres of literature (short and long fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama), improving students' abilities to read and analyze a variety of texts. Small group discussions in these courses challenge students to think critically, to share insights, and to listen thoughtfully to the arguments of others.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Interpretation of Literature area. The following courses are approved for the area.

CLSA:1200Interpretation of Ancient Literature3
ENGL:1200The Interpretation of Literature3
FREN:1005Texts and Contexts: French-Speaking World3
FREN:1007Nature/Ecology French Philosophy and Fiction3
WLLC:1510/ASIA:1510Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird in Premodern Chinese Literature3

Rhetoric

Rhetoric courses develop speaking, writing, listening, and critical reading skills and build competence in research, analysis, and argumentation.

All entering first-year students are required to complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric (4-5 s.h.). Because rhetorical skills lay the foundation for further study at the University, most students register for RHET:1030 during their first year at Iowa.

Students who must enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as determined by their English proficiency evaluation must complete all ESL courses before they may register for RHET:1030 Rhetoric.

Students who have transfer credit in composition, speech, and argumentation but have not been granted an A.A. degree must complete the equivalent of RHET:1030 Rhetoric and often must take RHET:1040 Writing and Reading or RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading in addition to their transfer courses in composition and/or speech.

Each entering student's degree audit shows the course(s) that must be completed in order to fulfill the Rhetoric requirement.

The following courses are approved for the Rhetoric area.

RHET:1030Rhetoric4-5
RHET:1040Writing and Reading3
RHET:1060Speaking and Reading3

Transfer of Credit for Rhetoric

Transfer students who have been granted an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an Iowa community college, Waldorf College in Iowa, or Black Hawk College in Illinois have satisfied the Rhetoric requirement.

Transfer credit for students without an A.A. degree is evaluated as follows:

  • transfer students who have completed composition I, composition II, and speech at another institution have satisfied the GE CLAS Core Rhetoric requirement of RHET:1030 Rhetoric;
  • transfer students who have completed only composition I must complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed only speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and II or only composition II must complete RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • for transfer students who have completed any other course at another institution that may be equivalent to RHET:1030 Rhetoric, the University of Iowa Office of Admissions examines the content of the course and decides on equivalency based on the content of that course, conferring with the Department of Rhetoric on the correct equivalency, if necessary.

World Languages

GE CLAS Core courses in World Languages provide the practice of important communication skills in a second language as well as the knowledge of the cultures in which the language is spoken. This in-depth study allows students to better understand how languages as a whole function, encouraging students to learn more about their own first language, including how it creates both inclusion and diversity. To fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement in World Languages, students may choose one of the following options:

  • complete four years of a single world language in high school; or
  • achieve the fourth level of proficiency in a world language by completing the appropriate sequence of courses offered at the University of Iowa; or
  • achieve the fourth level of proficiency by completing appropriate courses at another college or university or through approved study abroad courses; or
  • achieve an equivalent score on a related Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other approved college-level examination accepted by the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (see Credit By Exam Options on the Office of Admissions website); or
  • earn an equivalent score on both a UI written placement test and on a UI oral proficiency exam in a language taught at the University of Iowa (see World Languages Placement Test (WLPT) on the New Student Services website); or
  • earn an equivalent score on a proficiency exam in a language that is not taught at the University of Iowa (see Proficiency Examinations for Languages Not Taught at UI on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website).

A fourth level of proficiency is equivalent to the successful completion of an intermediate II language course (or of a second-year second semester course, for example) as taught at the University of Iowa. Depending on a student's placement test results and the language taken, a student may need to take four semesters of a language, starting with a beginning course and ending with a second semester intermediate course. Other students may be able to start elsewhere in the language sequence and complete the GE World Language requirement by taking two or three courses. See "World Languages Placement Tests" under Placement Tests on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Semester hours earned for these courses vary by language. Students should be sure to take the placement test for the language of interest and should be aware of the course sequence required to fulfill the GE requirement in World Languages for that particular language.

Once the World Languages requirement is completed, a student may earn up to an additional 8 s.h. of college credit while studying a world language. See Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Students may use the following language course sequences to fulfill the World Languages requirement. To avoid duplication or regression, consult the appropriate language department before registering for courses.

American Sign Language

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL) are offered by the American Sign Language Program. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ASL:1001American Sign Language I4
ASL:1002American Sign Language II4
ASL:2001American Sign Language III4
ASL:2002American Sign Language IV4

Students with previous knowledge of American Sign Language should consult the ASL program for placement.

Arabic

Courses in Arabic are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ARAB:1001Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:1002Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II5
ARAB:2001Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:2002Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II5

Students with previous knowledge of Arabic should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Chinese

Courses in Chinese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Chinese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CHIN:1111First-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:1112First-Year Chinese: Second Semester5
CHIN:2101Second-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:2102Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Chinese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Heritage learners and students who have studied Chinese abroad may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting CHIN:2103 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: First Semester and CHIN:2104 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester for CHIN:2101 and CHIN:2102. Consult the department for more information.

French

Courses in French are offered by the Department of French and Italian. For students without previous knowledge of French, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

FREN:1001Elementary French I5
FREN:1002Elementary French II5
FREN:2001Intermediate French I5
FREN:2002Intermediate French II5

Students may use varied combinations of French language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of French may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting FREN:1010 First-Year French Review for FREN:1001 and FREN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for FREN:2001 or FREN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

German

Courses in German are offered by the Department of German. For students without previous knowledge of German, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

GRMN:1001Elementary German I4
GRMN:1002Elementary German II4
GRMN:2001Intermediate German I4
GRMN:2002Intermediate German II4

Students may use varied combinations of German language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of German may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting GRMN:1010 First-Year German Review for GRMN:1001 and GRMN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for GRMN:2001 or GRMN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

The department also offers GRMN:2020 Intensive Intermediate German, which may be appropriate for students with strong language learning abilities or experience. The intensive course may be combined with other courses to create other sequences that may be used to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Consult the department to identify an appropriate course sequence.

Greek

Courses in Greek are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Greek should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

CLSG:1001Classical and New Testament Greek I5
CLSG:1002Classical and New Testament Greek II5
CLSG:2001Second-Year Greek I3
CLSG:2002Second-Year Greek II3

Students with previous knowledge of Greek should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Italian

Courses in Italian are offered by the Department of French and Italian. Students without previous knowledge of Italian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

ITAL:1101Elementary Italian I5
ITAL:1102Elementary Italian II5
ITAL:2203Intermediate Italian I4
ITAL:2204Intermediate Italian II4

Students with strong language learning abilities or a background in another Romance language may be able to complete the requirement by substituting ITAL:1103 Intensive Elementary Italian for ITAL:1101 and ITAL:1102 in the sequence above. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

Japanese

Courses in Japanese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Japanese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

JPNS:1001First-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:1002First-Year Japanese: Second Semester5
JPNS:2001Second-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:2002Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Japanese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Japanese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Korean

Courses in Korean are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Korean, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

KORE:1101First-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:1102First-Year Korean: Second Semester4
KORE:2101Second-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:2102Second-Year Korean: Second Semester4

Students with previous knowledge of Korean should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Latin

Courses in Latin are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Latin should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Students must take both CLSL:2001 and CLSL:2002 in order to fulfill the World Languages requirement. These courses require a similar knowledge of Latin, but one focuses on poetry and the other on prose. Other world languages permit a student to complete the last courses in the sequence to meet the GE CLAS Core requirement since the final course is more difficult than the previous ones. This is not true with the Latin sequence, and thus, both courses must be successfully completed.

CLSL:1001Elementary Latin I5
CLSL:1002Elementary Latin II5
CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
CLSL:2002Golden Age of Roman Poetry3

Students with previous knowledge of Latin should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Portuguese

Courses in Portuguese are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Two sequences in Portuguese are approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. All courses are open to entering first-year students.

PORT:2000Accelerated Elementary Portuguese5
PORT:2500Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese5

Students may also substitute PORT:2010 Elementary Portuguese I and PORT:2015 Elementary Portuguese II for PORT:2000 in the sequence above.

Students with previous knowledge of Portuguese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Russian

Courses in Russian are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Russian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

RUSS:1111First-Year Russian I5
RUSS:1112First-Year Russian II5
RUSS:2111Second-Year Russian I4
RUSS:2112Second-Year Russian II4

Students with previous knowledge of Russian should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Spanish

Courses in Spanish are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For students without previous knowledge of Spanish, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

SPAN:1001Elementary Spanish I4
SPAN:1002Elementary Spanish II4
SPAN:1501Intermediate Spanish I4
SPAN:1502Intermediate Spanish II4

Students may use varied combinations of Spanish language courses to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Spanish may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting SPAN:1003 Elementary Spanish Review for SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002 in the sequence above.

The summer course SPAN:1004 Accelerated Elementary Spanish, which combines SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002, may be appropriate for some students.

The accelerated course SPAN:1503 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish, which combines SPAN:1501 and SPAN:1502, may be appropriate for some students.

The accelerated course SPAN:1505 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers may be appropriate for other students.

Students with previous knowledge of Spanish should take the language placement test in Spanish to help determine proper placement.

Swahili

Courses in Swahili are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SWAH:1001Elementary Swahili I4
SWAH:1002Elementary Swahili II4
SWAH:2001Intermediate Swahili I4
SWAH:2002Intermediate Swahili II4

Students with previous knowledge of Swahili should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Other Course Sequences

A student who successfully completes a four-semester world language sequence that has not been approved for the GE CLAS Core may have the sequence substituted for a proficiency test to fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement.

Students who complete a world language sequence this way should notify the department that offers the sequence; the department will contact Graduation Analysis in the Office of the Registrar, which will update a student's degree audit to show fulfillment of the World Languages requirement.

Sustainability

Courses in the Sustainability area focus on identifying concepts and terminology associated with sustainability and systems-thinking, investigating the interconnectedness of human and natural systems, and evaluating how students’ own actions affect and are affected by society’s ability to meet sustainability goals. Students also investigate institutional and/or cultural processes or natural systems processes.

Sustainability learning outcomes are integrated with the outcomes for another GE CLAS Core area so that one approved course satisfies this requirement without adding semester hours. Students complete this requirement by choosing one of the following courses that have been approved for Sustainability and another GE CLAS Core area.

Sustainability and Natural Sciences

EES:1080/ENVS:1080Introduction to Environmental Science3-4
EES:1085/ENVS:1085Fundamentals of Environmental Science4
GEOG:1020The Global Environment3

Sustainability and Social Sciences

ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
GEOG:2013/BUS:2013/SUST:2013/URP:2013Introduction to Sustainability3
URP:2020/PBAF:2020Environment and Society: Sustainability, Policy, and Politics3

Sustainability and Historical Perspectives

EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115The History and Science of Oil3

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Courses in the Natural Sciences area explore the scope and major concepts of a scientific discipline. Students learn the attitudes and practices of scientific investigators: logic, precision, experimentation, tentativeness, and objectivity. In courses with a laboratory component, students gain experience in the methods of scientific inquiry.

All students must complete at least 7 s.h. of coursework in the Natural Sciences area, including at least one natural science lab component. The following courses are approved for the area; courses with a lab component are noted "(lab)."

ANTH:1301Human Origins3
ASTR:1060/BIOL:1060/EES:1060Big Ideas: Origins of the Universe, Earth, and Life3
ASTR:1070Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1079Introductory Astronomy Laboratory (lab only)1
ASTR:1080Exploration of the Solar System (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1085Citizen Astronomy3
ASTR:1091Life in the Universe3
ASTR:1771Introductory Astronomy I: Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy (lab)4
ASTR:1772Introductory Astronomy II: Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy (lab)4
BIOL:1140Human Biology: Nonmajors (lab)4
BIOL:1141Human Biology: Health Professions (lab)4
BIOL:1251How the Brain Works (and Why it Doesn't)3
BIOL:1260Plants and Human Affairs2-3
BIOL:1261Introduction to Botany (lab)4
BIOL:1370Understanding Evolution (formerly Ecology and Evolution)3
BIOL:1411Foundations of Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1412Diversity of Form and Function (lab)4
BIOL:2120Good Genes Gone Bad: Genetic Disorders of Notable Celebrities3
CHEM:1050Chemistry of Our World3
CHEM:1060Technology and Society Laboratory (lab only)1
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
CHEM:1080General Chemistry II3
CHEM:1100Chemistry in Industry and the Economy3
CHEM:1110Principles of Chemistry I (lab)4
CHEM:1120Principles of Chemistry II (lab)4
CHEM:1160Principles of Chemistry Lab (lab only)2
EES:1030/CEE:1030Introduction to Earth Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1031/CEE:1031Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory (lab only; students must have previously completed EES:1030/CEE:1030 without the lab)1
EES:1040Evolution and the History of Life (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1050Introduction to Geology (lab)4
EES:1070Age of Dinosaurs (lab)4
EES:1080/ENVS:1080Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.; not for students who have taken EES:1085 or ENVS:1085)3-4
EES:1085/ENVS:1085Fundamentals of Environmental Science (lab; not for students who have taken EES:1080 or ENVS:1080)4
EES:1081/ENVS:1081Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory (lab only)1
EES:1290Energy and the Environment3
EES:1400Natural Disasters3
GEOG:1020The Global Environment (GE status effective summer 2022)3
GEOG:1021The Global Environment Lab (lab only)1
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1110Human Anatomy Laboratory (lab only)1
HHP:1150Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab (lab)4
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:1400Human Anatomy and Physiology3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
PCOL:2220Drug Use and Abuse3
PHYS:1200Physics of Everyday Experience3
PHYS:1400Basic Physics (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1409Basic Physics Lab (lab only)1
PHYS:1410Physics of Sound (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1512College Physics II (lab)4
PHYS:1611Introductory Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1612Introductory Physics II (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1619Introductory Physics II Lab (lab only)1
PHYS:1701Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1702Physics II (lab)4

Quantitative or Formal Reasoning

Courses in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area help develop analytical skills through the practice of quantitative or formal symbolic reasoning. Courses focus on presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument; understanding the use and misuse of data; and organization of information in quantitative or other formal symbolic systems, including those used in computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, and statistics.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area. Students also may fulfill this GE CLAS Core requirement by completing a course that lists an approved GE CLAS Core course as a prerequisite. The following courses are approved for the area.

COMM:1117Advocacy and Argument3
CPH:1600Public Health Science: Inquiry and Investigation in Public Health3
CS:1020Principles of Computing3
CS:1110Introduction to Computer Science3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
LING:1050Language and Formal Reasoning3
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1120Logic of Arithmetic4
MATH:1250Mathematics for Arts and Humanities3
MATH:1260PokeMath: The Mathematics of Pokemon Go3
MATH:1340Mathematics for Business4
MATH:1350Quantitative Reasoning for Business4
MATH:1380Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1550Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus4
MATH:1850Calculus I4
PHIL:1636Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate3
POLI:1050/RELS:1050Big Ideas: Introduction to Information, Society, and Culture3
POLI:1700Introduction to Political Analysis3
PSY:2811Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I3
STAT:1010Statistics and Society3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:2010Statistical Methods and Computing3

Social Sciences

Courses in the Social Sciences area focus on human behavior and the institutions and social systems that shape and are shaped by that behavior. Courses provide an overview of one or more social science disciplines, their theories, and their methods.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Social Sciences area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:1401Language, Culture, and Communication3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Race, Place, and Power: Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
CPH:1400Fundamentals of Public Health3
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CSD:3117/LING:3117Psychology of Language3
CSD:3118/LING:3118Language Acquisition1-3
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2013/BUS:2013/SUST:2013/URP:2013Introduction to Sustainability (GE status effective summer 2022; students with a first degree-seeking session of summer 2011 and beyond may use this course for the Social Sciences GE requirement)3
GEOG:2110/GHS:2110Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
JMC:1100Introduction to Media Effects3
LING:1010Language and Society3
LING:1060Languages of the World3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
POLI:1100Introduction to American Politics3
POLI:1200Introduction to Political Behavior3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:1600Introduction to Political Communication3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
PSQF:2115Introduction to Counseling Psychology3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SOC:1220Principles of Social Psychology3-4
TR:1070Perspectives on Leisure and Play3
URP:2020/PBAF:2020Environment and Society: Sustainability, Policy, and Politics3

Culture, Society, and the Arts

Historical Perspectives

Courses in the Historical Perspectives area help students comprehend the historical processes of change and continuity; develop the ability to generalize, explain, and interpret historical change; and understand the past in its own terms.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Historical Perspectives area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1201World Archaeology3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1090Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens3
ARTH:2320/CLSA:2226Ancient Art from the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Colosseum in Rome3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
CLSA:1830Greek Civilization3
CLSA:1840Roman Civilization3
EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115The History and Science of Oil3
FREN:3120French Civilization3
HIST:1010History Matters3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1101The Modern World3
HIST:1261American History to 18773
HIST:1262American History 1877-Present3
HIST:1401The West and the World: Ancient3
HIST:1402The West and the World: Medieval3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3
HIST:1601/ASIA:1601Civilizations of Asia: China from Origins to the 17th Century3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607/ASIA:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HIST:2461/CLSA:2461/RELS:2361Middle East and Mediterranean: Alexander to Suleiman3
HONR:1610Honors Seminar in Historical Perspectives3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
JMC:1200Introduction to Media and Culture3
JPNS:2127/ASIA:2127/CLSA:2127Global Manuscript Cultures3
MUS:1303Roots, Rock, and Rap: A History of Popular Music3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
RELS:1001Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
RELS:1225/HIST:1025Medieval Religion and Culture3
RELS:1250/HIST:1050Modern Religion and Culture3
RELS:2930/COMM:2079Digital Media and Religion3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Traces of Ancient Russian Culture (IX-XVII Centuries): Vikings, Mongols, and Tsars3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

International and Global Issues

Courses in the International and Global Issues area focus predominantly on countries or issues outside the United States, encouraging students to understand contemporary issues from an international perspective. Students develop knowledge of one or more contemporary global or international issues, gain a greater awareness of varied international perspectives, and improve their skills of analysis and critical inquiry.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the International and Global Issues area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046/SJUS:1046Environmental Politics in India3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Race, Place, and Power: Urban Anthropology3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
FREN:1006Global Sports and National Cultures3
FREN:1510Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3
GEOG:1060Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
GHS:2000/ANTH:2103Introduction to Global Health Studies3
GRMN:2720/HIST:2420Germany in the World3
GRMN:4315German Society Today3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3
HIST:1601/ASIA:1601Civilizations of Asia: China from Origins to the 17th Century3
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China from the 17th Century to the Present3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606/RELS:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607/ASIA:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
IS:2000Introduction to International Studies3
ITAL:2770The Mafia and the Movies3
LING:1040/ANTH:1040Language Rights3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to Russian Politics3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:3855/IS:3855Human Rights and Islam3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:2050/WLLC:2050Women from an Unknown Land: The Fight for Independence3
SPST:2170Sport and Globalization3

Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Courses in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area provide students with opportunities to appreciate the arts and to analyze them within their historical and theoretical contexts. They also help students develop the analytic, expressive, and imaginative abilities necessary for understanding, appreciating, and creating art.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1240/MUS:1740The Art of Listening to Jazz3
AMST:1800American Gothic: Film, Literature, and Popular Culture3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1020Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
ARTS:1010Elements of Art3
ARTS:1030Elements of Jewelry and Metal Arts3
ARTS:1050Elements of Printmaking3
ARTS:1080Elements of Sculpture3
CERM:2010Ceramics I: Handbuilding3
CHIN:1702Chinese Popular Culture3
CINE:1100The Art of Smartphone Filmmaking3
CINE:1602Introduction to Film Studies3
CINE:1610Contemporary Cinema3
CL:1240/CLSA:1040/TRNS:1240World Literature in Translation I3
CL:1241/TRNS:1241World Literature: 1700 to Present3
CLSA:1010Hero, God, Mortal: Literature of Greece3
CLSA:1020Love and Glory: The Literature of Rome3
CLSA:1740/WRIT:1740Writing Strategies: Word Origins and Word Choice3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CNW:1620Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
CW:1800Creative Writing Studio Workshop3
DANC:1010Beginning Tap2
DANC:1020Beginning Jazz2
DANC:1025Beginning Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:1030Beginning Ballet2
DANC:1040Beginning Modern Dance2
DANC:1110Continuing Tap1-2
DANC:1120Continuing Jazz2
DANC:1125Continuing Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:1130Continuing Ballet2
DANC:1140Continuing Modern Dance2
DANC:2020Intermediate Jazz2
DANC:2025Intermediate Hip Hop Dance2
DANC:2029Intermediate Ballet for Nonmajors2
DANC:2040Majors Intermediate Contemporary Movement Practices3
DANC:2060/DPA:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
EDTL:2122Creativity, Imagination, Play, and Human Development through the Arts3
ENGL:1100City of Literature3
FREN:4100French Cinema3-4
GRMN:2275Scandinavian Crime Fiction3
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits3-4
GRMN:2666/WLLC:2666Pact with the Devil3
GRMN:2785Cyborgs, Monsters, and the Uncanny3
ITAL:2440Italian Arts for International Success3
MUS:1001Group Piano I: Non-Music Majors1
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1012Creativity in Music3
MUS:1020Performance Instruction for Nonmajors1
MUS:1066Introduction to Film Music3
MUS:1301Concepts and Contexts of Western Music3
MUS:1302Great Musicians3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:1800/DPA:1800World of the Beatles3
MUS:2005Issues in Popular Music: Women Who Rock3
MUS:2301History of Western Music I3
MUS:2302History of Western Music II3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
PORT:2850/LAS:2850/SPAN:2850Brazilian Narrative in Translation3
SCLP:2810Undergraduate Sculpture I3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:1800Contemporary Spanish American Narrative3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

Values and Culture

Courses in the Values and Culture area focus on how culture shapes the human experience and the role of values in society, with students asking fundamental questions regarding the human experience while exploring their own values and beliefs.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of coursework in the Values and Culture area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AMST:1010Understanding American Cultures3
AMST:1154Food in America3
AMST:2000Introduction to American Studies3
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2175/JPNS:2175Japanese Society and Culture3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1045Race and Art in America3
ARTH:1095/NAIS:1095Native American Art3
ARTS:2000/ASP:2000/EDTL:2000/RHET:2000Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime3
ASIA:2450India Beat: The Aesthetics and Politics of India Today3
CHIN:1504Asian Humanities: China3
CHIN:1800Chinese Calligraphy and Culture3
CLSA:1340Magic in the Ancient World3
CLSA:1875Ancient Sports and Leisure3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CLSA:2482/RELS:2182Ancient Mediterranean Religions3
CLSA:2651/GWSS:2651Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
DANC:1150/LAS:1150Brazilian Culture and Carnival3
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
GRMN:2550/WLLC:2550Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival3-4
GRMN:2618/WLLC:2618Film and Literature of the Holocaust3
GRMN:2650German Nationalism from Enlightenment to Present3-4
GRMN:2655/IS:2600Muslim Minorities in the West3-4
GWSS:1060/AMST:1060/ENGL:1410Sex and Popular Culture in America3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HIST:1609/ASIA:1609India Now! Surveying the World's Largest Democracy3-4
HIST:1708Civilizations of Africa3
HONR:1670Values and Culture3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
ITAL:2880Italian Food Culture3
JMC:1500Introduction to Social Media3
JPNS:1506Asian Humanities: Japan3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
NAIS:1049/AMST:1049/HIST:1049Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:1861Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
RELS:1070Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament3
RELS:1080Introduction to the New Testament3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:1350/AFAM:1250Introduction to African American Religions3
RELS:1404/ASIA:1040/HIST:1610Living Religions of the East3
RELS:1506/ASIA:1060/HIST:1612Introduction to Buddhism3
RELS:1702Religion in America Today3
RELS:1810Happiness in a Difficult World3
RELS:1903Quest for Human Destiny3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:2986Religion and Women3
RHET:2070Persuasive Stories3
RUSS:1082Youth Subcultures After Socialism3
RUSS:1131/WLLC:1131Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Traces of Ancient Russian Culture (IX-XVII Centuries): Vikings, Mongols, and Tsars3
RUSS:2100Russian Mindset: Sex, Business, and Politics3
SOAS:1502/ASIA:1502/RELS:1502Asian Humanities: India3
SOC:1310/GWSS:1310Gender and Society3
SOC:2710The American Family3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latina/o/x Literature in the United States3
SPAN:2901Diversity and Cultures in Spain3
SRM:1072Leisure and the Liberal Arts3
SSW:1022/SOC:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
THTR:1411Comedy and Society3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3

Most actuaries are employed by insurance companies or employee benefits consulting firms. They have responsibilities related to all phases of product development and maintenance for their companies. Individual employers who need guidance in establishing employee insurance and retirement programs also hire actuarial science graduates. A growing number of actuaries work in asset/liability management, some in investment firms, and others in insurance companies.

Actuaries have always been in high demand and earn good salaries. Most Iowa graduates find work as actuaries, but some become financial managers and teachers. They take positions in locations all across the country, often in large metropolitan areas.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan. Courses in the major are those required to complete the major; they may be offered by departments other than the major department.

Much of the coursework is sequential, so students must begin requirements for the major as soon as possible. Individual study plans must be made carefully. Students who first enroll for a spring semester must consult their advisor to confirm a four-year plan.

Before the third semester begins: MATH:1860 Calculus II and MATH:2700 Introduction to Linear Algebra.

Before the fifth semester begins: MATH:2850 Calculus III, MATH:3770 Fundamental Properties of Spaces and Functions I, STAT:3100/IGPI:3100 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, STAT:3101/IGPI:3101 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II, and ACTS:3080 Mathematics of Finance I.

Before the seventh semester begins: STAT:4101/IGPI:4101 Mathematical Statistics II, ACTS:4130 Quantitative Methods for ActuariesACTS:4150 Fundamentals of Short-Term Actuarial Mathematics, ACTS:4180 Life Contingencies I, and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree.

Before the eighth semester begins: ACTS:4280 Life Contingencies II.

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining coursework in the major, all remaining GE CLAS Core courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Actuarial Science, B.S.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students apply to the Actuarial Science BS program through a selective process. Acceptance is not guaranteed. a
GE CLAS Core: Sustainability b
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
CS:1210 Computer Science I: Fundamentals c 4
MATH:1850 Calculus I d 4
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: World Languages First Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 1
Attend the Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk Management Job Fair during the fall semester to apply for summer internships.
 Hours16-18
Spring
MATH:1860 Calculus II 4
MATH:2700 Introduction to Linear Algebra 4
GE CLAS Core: Diversity and Inclusion f 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
 Hours15-16
Second Year
Fall
MATH:2850 Calculus III 4
STAT:3100 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I g 3
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences without Lab f 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Admission Application: apply to the Actuarial Science BS major h
Attend the Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk Management Job Fair during the fall semester to apply for summer internships.
 Hours17-19
Spring
ACTS:3080 Mathematics of Finance I 3
MATH:3770 Fundamental Properties of Spaces and Functions I 4
STAT:3101 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II i 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
 Hours14-15
Third Year
Any Semester
The curriculum shown in the third and fourth years on this plan begins upon acceptance into the Actuarial Science BS program.
 Hours0
Fall
ACTS:4130 Quantitative Methods for Actuaries g, j 3
STAT:4100 Mathematical Statistics I g 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences with Lab f 4
GE CLAS Core: Social Sciences f 3
Elective course k 3
Attend the Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk Management Job Fair during the fall semester to apply for summer internships.
 Hours16
Spring
ACTS:4150 Fundamentals of Short-Term Actuarial Mathematics i, j 3
ACTS:4180 Life Contingencies I i, j 3
STAT:4101 Mathematical Statistics II i 3
GE CLAS Core: Historical Perspectives f 3
GE CLAS Core: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts f 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ACTS:4280 Life Contingencies II g, j, l 3
STAT:4560 Statistics for Risk Modeling I k, m 3
GE CLAS Core: International and Global Issues f 3
Elective course k 3
Elective course k 3
Attend the Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk Management Job Fair during the fall semester.
 Hours15
Spring
ACTS:6200 Predictive Analytics k, m 3
STAT:4561 Statistics for Risk Modeling II k, m 3
GE CLAS Core: Values and Culture f 3
Elective course k 3
Elective course k 3
Degree Application: apply on MyUI before deadline (typically in February for spring, September for fall) n
 Hours15
 Total Hours123-129
a
The Academic Advising Center advises Actuarial Science Interest students on prerequisite course planning. Students are advised for success, based on academic strength, not necessarily for a four year plan. Prerequisites may take more than one and a half years to complete.
b
Sustainability must be completed by choosing a course that has been approved for Sustainability AND for one of these General Education areas: Natural Sciences; Quantitative and Formal Reasoning; Social Sciences; Historical Perspectives; International and Global Issues; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; or Values and Culture.
c
Enrollment in this course requires completion of a placement exam.
d
Enrollment in math courses requires completion of a placement exam.
e
Students who have completed four years of a single language in high school have satisfied the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Enrollment in world languages courses requires a placement exam, unless enrolling in a first-semester-level course.
f
GE CLAS Core courses may be completed in any order unless used as a prerequisite for another course. Students should consult with an advisor about the best sequencing of courses.
g
Typically this course is offered in fall semesters only. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.
h
Ordinarily, students apply for admission to the actuarial science major in the fall semester of their sophomore year, after they have taken MATH:3770 or MATH:2850, and STAT:3100. Students should apply no later than the end of the spring semester of their junior year. For further details and application instructions, see your advisor and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science website.
i
Typically this course is offered in spring semesters only. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.
j
Restricted to Actuarial Science Majors. For further details and application instructions, see your advisor and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science website.
k
Students may use elective courses to earn credit towards the total s.h. required for graduation or to complete a double major, minors, or certificates.
l
Students may choose to complete STAT:4560 and STAT:4561 (both courses) instead of ACTS:4280, except honors students, who must complete all three courses.
m
This course is a recommended elective, not a requirement. Students may choose another elective. Prerequisites may apply.
n
Please see Academic Calendar, Office of the Registrar website for current degree application deadlines. Students should apply for a degree for the session in which all requirements will be met. For any questions on appropriate timing, contact your academic advisor or Graduation Services.