Rensselaer Catalog 20092010 [Archived Catalog]
Mathematics of Operations Research


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The First Two Years  Mathematics
Fall
 Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
Spring
 Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Hum or Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
Spring
 Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective Credit Hours: 4
Program Information
In the above curriculum, the firstyear seminar courses MATH 1900 and MATH 1910 are not required, but are strongly recommended. This weekly seminar course for math majors presents interesting and challenging mathematical problems and ideas for discussion.
The science electives should be courses from the School of Science outside of math. Note that mathematical science includes all courses with MATH and MATP codes (and any course crosslisted with a MATH or MATP course). Mathematics of Operations Research Curriculum
Fall
 Mathematics Option Credit Hours: 4
 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 4xxx OR Option Credit Hours: 4
Fall
 Mathematics Option Credit Hours: 4
 Elective 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, and at most one of these four courses may be taken Pass/No Credit. (Students planning on graduate study are advised against using Pass/No Credit on mathematics options.)
Also, the OR option in this curriculum is either MATP 4600 or MATP 4820 and may not be taken Pass/No Credit. 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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