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Major: Operations Research and Engineering (ORE)

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Offered by: School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
206 Rhodes Hall, 255.4856,

Program Objectives

The Operations Research and Engineering Major emphasizes the use of advanced analytical
techniques in support of strategic decisions related to optimization of organizational
and system performance in diverse areas, from health care to manufacturing and production,
as well as marketing and financial services.

The objectives of the OR&E program are to provide students with a firm foundation in
the basic principles of Operations Research, resulting in:

  • proficiency with tools from optimization, probability, statistics, simulation, and engineering economic analysis, including fundamental applications of those tools in industry and the public sector in contexts involving uncertainty and scarce or expensive resources;
  • facility with mathematical and computational modeling of real decision-making problems, including the use of modeling tools and computational tools, as well as analytic skills to evaluate the problems;
  • facility with the design, implementation, and analysis of computational experiments in support of decision-making problems.

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics (required)
  • ENGRD 2110c: Objected-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (recommended)

Required Major Courses

  • ORIE 3120: Industrial Data and Systems Analysis
  • ORIE 3150: Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • ORIE 3300: Optimization I
  • ORIE 3310: Optimization II
  • ORIE 3500: Engineering Probability and Statistics II
  • ORIE 3510: Introductory Engineering Stochastic Processes I
  • ORIE 4580: Simulation Modeling and Analysis


  • A behavioral science (organizational behavior) course
  • At least 9 credits of ORIE electives
  • At least 9 credits of Major-approved electives, with at least 3 credits from outside ORIE
  • At least 6 credits of approved electives
  • At least one of the courses taken must satisfy the technical writing requirement.




  • a. ORE affiliates are required to complete MATH 1910: Calculus for Engineers, MATH 1920: Multivariable Calculus for Engineers, and MATH 2940: Linear Algebra for Engineers (or their subject matter equivalents). MATH 2930: Differential Equations for Engineers, CS 2800: Discrete Structures, or MATH 3040: Prove It! can be used to satisfy the fourth semester mathematics requirement. Students should discuss with their advisor which of these three courses is most appropriate to their future program of study in ORE. The following should be considered:
    • MATH 2930 is essential for advanced study in financial engineering. Also, MATH 2930 is a pre- or corequisite for PHYS 2214: Physics III: Optics, Waves, and Particles, thus students who do not take MATH 2930 must plan to take CHEM 2080.
    • CS 2800 provides an introduction to discrete structures and algorithms of broad applicability in the field of operations research, particularly for fundamental models in the areas of optimization, production scheduling, inventory management, and information technology; it is also a pre-requisite for certain upper-class computer science courses in the areas of information technology and algorithmic analysis.
    • MATH 3040 covers fundamentals of formal proof techniques. Students considering Ph.D.-level study in Operations Research are encouraged to see the Associate Director for advice regarding the fourth math course.
  • b. The following courses may be substituted for PHYS 2214, if not used to meet other requirements: CHEM 2080, MATH 2930, CS 2800, MATH 3040, MATH 3110: Introduction to Analysis, or MATH 3360: Applicable Algebra. Students who prefer PHYS 2214 must take MATH 2930 as a pre- or corequisite.
  • c. ENGRD 2110 is required by the Major. It is recommended that this course be counted as an engineering distribution.
  • d. In addition to the First-year Writing Seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course.
  • e. The Major program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major. These are satisfied by ENGRD 2110, the behavioral science course, and one Major-approved elective.
  • f. It is recommended that ORIE 3120 be taken in semester 4. However, if a student’s schedule does not permit it, the course can be taken in semester 6 or 8.

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