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Operations Research

Roughly speaking, operations research is the science of decision making. It uses mathematics, statistics and computer science to determine the optimal way of performing a sequence of operations or to choose which of several competing programs is best. In this way, operations research can be an important component of the management of large projects.

Operations Research Option Course Requirements 24 credits
Numerical Analysis: CS 31400 (Numerical Methods) (3 cr.) or CS 51400 (Numerical Analysis) (3 cr.) 3 cr.
MA 35300 (Linear Algebra II) 3 cr.
MA 36200 (Topics in Vector Calculus) (3 cr.), MA 44200 (Multivariate Analysis I Honors) (3 cr.) or MA 51000 (Vector Calculus) (3 cr.) 3 cr.
MA 45300 (Elements of Algebra I) (3 cr.) or MA 45000 (Algebra Honors)
(3 cr.)
3 cr.
MA 41600/STAT 41600 (Probability) (3 cr.) or STAT 51600 (Basic Probability and Applications); and STAT 41700 (Statistical Theory) (3 cr.) or STAT 51700 (Statistical Inference) (3 cr.) 6 cr.
One of: CS 52000 (Computational Methods in Analysis) (3 cr.); MA 34100 (Foundations of Analysis) (3 cr.); MA 44000 (Real Analysis Honors) (3 cr.); MA 52300 (Introduction to PDEs) (3 cr.); MA 54300 (Introduction to the Theory of Differential Equations) (3 cr.); or STAT 42000 (Time Series)
(3 cr.)
3 cr.
One of: MA 37500 (Introduction to Discrete Mathematics) (3 cr.);
MA 42100 (Linear Programming and Optimization Techniques) (3 cr.);
MA 52100 (Introduction to Optimization Problems) (3 cr.); or IE 33500 (Operations Research — Optimization) (3 cr.)
3 cr.