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Actuarial Science

Department of Risk, Insurance & Healthcare Management

Bonnie Averbach, Associate Professor, Program Director
Office: Ritter Annex 475
(215) 204-8153

Krupa S. Viswanathan, Assistant Professor
Office: Ritter Annex 471
(215) 204-6183

Actuaries are highly educated business executives who specialize in the evaluation of insurance and financial risks. They hold positions of responsibility with insurance companies, consulting firms, investment banks, self-insurers, government regulators, and government insurance programs. Because of their valuable talents and expertise, actuaries are generally well compensated and often rise to the highest levels of management. While undergraduates, students prepare for and take some of the professional examinations given by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. These examinations cover topics such as calculus and linear algebra, mathematical probability and statistics, compound interest theory, life contingencies, risk management and insurance, accounting, economics, finance, and law.

Students should meet with the program director as soon as they enter the actuarial science program. In addition to their course work and professional examinations, students are strongly encouraged to become active in the Sigma chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, Temple's national award-winning professional student organization in Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science. The organization hosts numerous guest speakers from the industry, sponsors a variety of career development seminars, and maintains a widely distributed resumé book. For more information, please contact Noelle Salamone, the GIS President, at (215) 204-9368, or visit the website at


As part of the requirements for each major course, actuarial science students must attend problem-solving sessions held outside of class time. Students are required to sit for the Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuarial Society Course 1 exam immediately after taking Actuarial Science 0061. The academic record of students will be examined after the spring semester of their sophomore year to determine their eligibility to remain in the actuarial science major. This decision will be based on GPA, course work completed, exams passed, and participation in Gamma Iota Sigma. Students must attain a 2.3 cumulative GPA and 2.3 in the major to graduate with the actuarial science major.

(Note: The University is reviewing all school and college, major, and GPA requirements above 2.0.  Please refer to the electronic Bulletin for up-to-date information.)

Requirements of Actuarial Science Major

Non-Business Required courses

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