Operations Research and Engineering:
Offered by the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Contact: 203 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-5088, or visit the ORIE website.
This major provides a broad education in the techniques and modeling concepts needed to design, analyze, and operate complex systems. The major prepares students for a wide range of careers including operations research, information technology, entrepreneurship, operations management, consulting, financial engineering, financial services, and engineering management.
The foundation of the major is the development of basic skills in statistics, probability, mathematical optimization, and computer science. Required courses in industrial systems, cost accounting, and simulation build on these skills and provide engineering analysis experiences. In the senior year the curriculum is quite flexible. Students take ORIE electives to broaden and deepen their expertise in applied probability and statistics, industrial systems, optimization, information technology, financial engineering, and their applications.
Because of the wide range of career goals among ORE students, and the large number of electives, students should consult with their major advisors to select electives that best meet their future goals.
Exceptional students interested in pursuing graduate studies are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisors concerning an accelerated program of study.
A student who intends to affiliate with the major in operations research and engineering should take ENGRD 2700 - Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics after completing MATH 1920 . ORE affiliates are required to complete MATH 1910 , MATH 1920 , and MATH 2940 (or their subject matter equivalents). Either MATH 2930 , CS 2800 , or MATH 3040 may be used to satisfy the fourth semester mathematics requirement. Students should discuss with their advisors which of these three courses is most appropriate to their future program of study in ORE. The following should be considered:
- MATH 2930 (differential equations) is essential for advanced study in financial engineering. Also, MATH 2930 is a prerequisite for PHYS 2214 , 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 prerequisite for certain upper-class Computer Science courses in the areas of information technology and algorithmic analysis.
- MATH 3040 covers fundamentals of formal proof techniques.
Early consultation with a faculty member or the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies may be helpful in making appropriate choices. Students considering Ph.D.-level study in operations research are encouraged to see the Associate Director for advice regarding the fourth Math course.
The required courses for the ORE major and the typical terms in which they are taken are as follows: