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 program plans N 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.

We ask all IEOR majors to take the core courses during the prescribed semester.  Delaying core courses is not permitted and may result in future scheduling conflicts and delay in graduation. Request to drop an IEOR core course during the designated semester may result in an unofficial withdrawal (UW) on the transcript. 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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