Rensselaer Catalog 20082009 [Archived Catalog]
Mathematics of Operations Research


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Mathematics of Operations Research Curriculum
Fall
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
Spring
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Mathematics Option Credit Hours: 4
 MATP xxxx OR Option Credit Hours: 4
Fall
 Mathematics Option Credit Hours: 4
 Mathematics Option Credit Hours: 4
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
Spring
 Mathematics Option Credit Hours: 4
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
Program Information
The above curriculum emphasizes the use of mathematics for developing and studying analytical models of systems. These models are used to form better decisions in areas such as management, engineering, and the social sciences. In mathematical programming, a problem is modeled as an objective function with constraints on the possible solutions, then the resulting model is optimized. The models are solved using computer programs. Algebra, analysis, and discrete mathematics all play a role in analyzing the models and in developing computer algorithms to solve them. Frequently, the inputs and outcomes of the model are not known with certainty, thus probability and statistics are used.
Students should note that the mathematics options listed above are any 4000level or higher course from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, plus up to two 4000level or higher courses from Decision Science (DSES) or Computer Science (CSCI). In other words, of the four mathematics options, a minimum of two must be coded MATH or MATP.
Also, the OR option in this curriculum is either MATP 4600 or MATP 4820. Footnotes
 The courses BIOL 1010 and PHYS 1100 may be taken in any semester they are offered and in either order.

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