Operations research is an interdisciplinary science that uses mathematics, statistics, computer science, and economics to analyze and solve problems in business, industry, and government. Typical activities of operations research practitioners include the analysis of real-world problems and their formulation as mathematical models; the development of mathematical and statistical methodologies for the solution of such models; the development of computer algorithms and software for the determination of optimal solutions; and the implementation of theoretical solutions to handle real-world problems.
The minor in operations research is an interdisciplinary program aimed at introducing students to the basic methodologies and applications of operations research and preparing them for work in the practical, as well as the theoretical, aspects of the field.
Students interested in pursuing a minor in operations research must register early at the office of the program director. Registered students will be placed on a mailing list to receive announcements of course offerings and special events. Additional information can be found at the program's website.