Actuarial Science

Do you get excited about math and its application to real situations? Then Dordt’s actuarial science major or minor might be for you. Actuaries help companies manage financial risk through mathematical and statistical modeling, and our program will prepare you to be a thoughtful Christian leader in the field.

Our program is academically strong—our faculty do cutting-edge research, and our students have a 100 percent placement rate into actuarial positions upon graduation. Plus, our program is unashamedly Christian—we go beyond moral and ethical training to delve into what it means to approach risk management and modeling Christianly.

Interested? Read this letter from Professor Nathan Tintle.

Program Options

Most students entering Dordt with a strong interest in actuarial science will probably choose an actuarial science major, though a minor is also an option. For students less sure of their career goals, actuarial science is a great entry into careers in mathematics, finances, and other related disciplines.

Many actuarial science students choose majors or minors in mathematics, statistics, and/or finance. Many combinations of majors and minors are possible, allowing students to tailor their program to their career and long-term interests.

For example, a double major in actuarial science and finance may be a great idea for a student passionate about mathematics and business, but for whom an actuarial career is only one vocational possibility. Likewise, double-majoring in mathematics and actuarial science may be appropriate for students passionate about mathematics who are looking to keep an actuarial science career a strong option.

We work with students throughout their college experience to develop a course plan that maximizes student's ability to reach their potentially changing career and professional goals.

  • The actuarial science major consists of a variety of courses in mathematics, statistics, finance, interest theory, probability, actuarial modeling, communication, and computer programming. The courses required for the major will put you on track to pass at least two actuarial certification exams, if not more, before graduation. Doing so will put you in an excellent position to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. By enrolling in the major, you will have earned all of the possible Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) credits possible at the undergraduate level.
  • The actuarial science minor is a good option for students who decide later in their college career to pursue actuarial science or who wish to pursue actuarial science along with another major. The minor in actuarial science requires fewer courses but will still put you in a strong position to enter the workforce as an actuary upon graduation.

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Dr. Tom Clark

Dr. Tom Clark
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department Chair

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(712) 722-6287
Tom.Clark@dordt.edu

Dr. Mike Janssen

Dr. Mike Janssen
Associate Professor of Mathematics

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(712) 722-6398
Mike.Janssen@dordt.edu

Dr. Melissa Lindsey

Dr. Melissa Lindsey
Associate Professor of Mathematics

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(712) 722-6740
Melissa.Lindsey@dordt.edu

Dr. Nathan Tintle

Dr. Nathan Tintle
Professor of Statistics

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(712) 722-6264
Nathan.Tintle@dordt.edu

Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld

Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld
Associate Professor of Mathematics

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(712) 722-6362
valoriez@dordt.edu

Donna De Vries

Donna De Vries
Science and Technology Administrative Assistant

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(712) 722-6293
Donna.DeVries@dordt.edu