BS in Operations Research

The Operations Research (OR) program is one of several applied science programs offered at the school. At the undergraduate level, it offers basic courses in probability, statistics, applied mathematics, simulation, and optimization as well as more professionally oriented operations research courses. The curriculum is well suited for students with an aptitude for mathematics applications. It prepares graduates for professional employment as operations research analysts, e.g., with management consultant and financial service organizations, as well as for graduate studies in operations research or business. It is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of future medical and law students.


Undergraduates are strongly recommended to follow the sequence of courses as outlined in the SEAS Bulletin. The prerequisites for this program are courses equivalent to those listed in the first- and second-year program. We encourage all students to take ECON W1105, IEOR E2261, COMS W1004/W1007 (JAVA),  IEOR E3658IEOR E4307, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Ordinary Differential Equations during their first two years.

It is recommended that required courses are taken in the semester specified in the Bulletin since later courses will assume adequate preparation.

Furthermore, taking the courses out of sequence may lead to scheduling conflicts. The Department strongly recommends second year students take IEOR E3658 in the Fall and IEOR E4307 in the Spring to fulfill the probability and statistics requirement; IEOR E3608 and IEOR E3106 must be completed by the fifth term. Only students with special academic circumstances may be allowed to take these courses in alternate semesters with the consultation of CSA and Departmental advisors.

OR majors are required to complete a four-course Technical concentration; two courses must be from the IEOR Department. If a required technical course is not available, it must be replaced by a technical elective with the written approval of a faculty adviser.

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