Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences


Bachelor of Science


Actuarial Sciences

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Dr. John Estes, Assistant Professor and Chair

An actuary calculates the probability of risk for insurance companies and is compensated well financially for it. The median annual salary of an actuary exceeds $100,000, and the market demand for actuaries is on a significant rise. To be a successful actuary, one must have advanced knowledge of mathematics, business, and some computer sciences, and one must also pass exams offered by the Society of Actuaries.

Belhaven University’s unique bachelor degree in Actuarial Science gives students all of the mathematics, business, and computer science courses needed to become an actuary, and these students will be able to take the first Society of Actuaries exam before graduation. Additionally, Belhaven Actuarial Sciences majors will take four upper-level online classes through Belhaven’s RIZE partnership to address high-level courses specific to this field.

What are the LCMC/RIZE courses?

We are now offering new, high demand, skill-focused majors through an innovative nationwide consortium of over 75 colleges and universities. You will enjoy the traditional college experience at the college you love while learning skills that will prepare you for careers in some of the fastest-growing fields. Your major will have a strong Christian worldview dimension through courses taught by Belhaven faculty. In addition, through the LCMC/RIZE consortium, you’ll be learning from industry experts who will teach some of the core courses in your major virtually. All classes are small so you will get to know your consortium professor as well as working closely with your faculty mentor at Belhaven.

What will I study?

  • Mathematics of Interest and Risk
  • Programming in R and Python
  • Economics, Accounting, and Finance
  • The Calculus Series, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations
  • Mathematical Proof techniques
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Wolfram Mathematica, 3D Printing, and other technology
  • Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith

What can I do with a degree in Actuarial Sciences?

  • Insurance actuarial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Risk analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Investment analyst
  • Professor/teachers
  • Actuarial consultant

Why choose Actuarial Sciences at Belhaven University?

  • Belhaven Actuarial Science students take the Society of Actuaries Probability Exam before graduation
  • High-level curriculum with small class sizes and personalized instruction from professors
  • Hands-on Technology Integration from day one
    • Python and R programming languages
    • Wolfram Mathematica
    • 3D Printing Software and Hardware
  • Strong community with our students
    • social events
    • competitions
    • social media interaction
    • Bible studies
  • Interaction with STEM professionals through Guest Seminars
    • NASA
    • National Weather Service
    • Southern Farm Bureau
    • Visiting Professors
    • Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
    • Yates Construction BIM group
  • Tours, site visits, and conferences
    • Mathematical Association of American annual LA-MS Section Conference
    • US Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center
    • Nissan
    • Raytheon
  •  Internships
    • Southern Farm Bureau Casualty
    • University of Mississippi Medical Center
    • NASA
    • US Army Corps of Engineers (ERDC)
    • Yates Construction

What kind of opportunities will I have at Belhaven that will contribute toward my career?

  • Take the Society of Actuaries Probability Exam before graduation
  • Interact with actuaries in the area
  • Work with qualified professors in actuarial sciences