2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Actuarial Science (B.S.)

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College of Sciences
Department of Statistics,
Technology Commons II, Room: 212

Email: statistics@ucf.edu

Dr. David Nickerson, 407-823-5528

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement: at least 15 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses must be taken from the UCF Statistics Department.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each course with an STA prefix.
  • Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all computer science and mathematics courses satisfying major requirements.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses satisfying major requirements.
  • Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior approval.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor.
  • All prerequisites of courses taught within the College of Sciences will be enforced.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) are generally spread over 4 years, and those designated in 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • All statistics courses except the following, and those protected by Florida Common Course Numbering must be taken from, or approved by the Statistics Department at UCF.

General Education Program (GEP) (39 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (7 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Economics (3 Credit Hours)

Social Sciences: Select one. (3 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)

Life Science: (4 Credit Hours)

Physical Science: (4 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (14 Credit Hours)

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the transfer and transitions Services section for more information, including some possible substitutes.

Complete two laboratory courses designed for science majors;

  • The state of Florida requires Actuarial Science majors to take two laboratory-based science courses designed for science majors. Students must complete 8 credits of the following courses, and depending on what was taken in the GEP, this requirement may already be satisfied.
  • Note: both semesters do not have to be in the same subject area.
  • Note: depending on which courses were taken in the GEP, this requirement could require 0 to 8 credits to complete.

Select two semesters within the following;

  • See Basic Core for details.
    • Biology majors courses with labs or
    • Chemistry majors courses with labs or
    • Physics majors courses with labs

Core Requirements: Basic Level (3 Credit Hours)

All courses specifically identified in the preceding Common Program Prerequisites section of this catalog are also required in the Basic Core, and must be taken;

Restricted Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Select from upper division or graduate (5000 level) statistics, mathematics, or computer science courses.
  • Selected courses in business may be used only with prior approval by the Department of Statistics.

The following courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement:

Capstone Requirements

  • None

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

  • Select primarily from upper level courses, with departmental advisor’s approval. May be outside of the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • None

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each course with a STA prefix.
  • Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all computer science and mathematics courses satisfying major requirements.
  • Take SOA Exam P (Probability) and report the score to the department.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses satisfying major requirements.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • None

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have satisfied course prerequisites before registering for a class.

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • The following substitutions are acceptable for Common Program Prerequisites if taken as part of the AA course work.
  • Computer Science: any COP programming language course will satisfy the CPP. However, the listed course is a prerequisite for Computer Science courses and still may need to be taken.
  • Biology: any 2 laboratory courses for majors with BSC, CHM, or PHY prefixes will satisfy the CPP. However the listed biology courses are also a core requirement and need to be taken.
  • Statistics: although any STA 2XXX course will satisfy the CPP, the listed course is required in the program’s core and will still need to be taken.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

  • This is one of numerous possible plans of study. See program description for all requirements. Consult a departmental advisor for alternate, new or more appropriate selections.
  • Prior to enrolling in Chemistry, take Chemistry Placement Test ~ http://knightsource.seds.ucf.edu/placement
  • Prior to enrolling in Math, take Math Placement Test ~ http://utc.sdes.ucf.edu
  • Although all classes are listed as being taken during the academic year, you may be required to complete 9 hours of them during the Summer. Consult with an advisor to determine if you are exempt.

Freshman Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

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