Operations Research Major Operations Research Major Operations research is a scientific approach to decision-making with a focus on how to best design and operate systems, usually under conditions requiring the allocation of scarce resources. Breadcrumb operations research major Majors-and-Minors-left MENU Explore Academic Majors and Minors Academic Majors American Politics Major Applied Statistics and Data Sciences Major Chemical Engineering Major Chemistry Major Civil Engineering Major Computer Science Major Cyber Science Major Defense and Strategic Studies Major Economics Major Electrical Engineering Major Engineering Management Major Engineering Psychology Major English Major Environmental Engineering Major Environmental Science Major Foreign Area Studies: Africa Major Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major Foreign Area Studies: Eurasia Major Foreign Area Studies: Europe Major Foreign Area Studies: Latin America Major Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major Foreign Language: Arabic Major Foreign Language: Chinese Major Foreign Language: French Major Foreign Language: German Major Foreign Language: Persian Major Foreign Language: Portuguese Major Foreign Language: Russian Major Foreign Language: Spanish Major Geography Major Geospatial Information Science Major History Major International Affairs Major Kinesiology Major Law and Legal Studies Major Life Science Major Management Major Mathematical Sciences Major Mechanical Engineering Major Nuclear Engineering Major Operations Research Major Philosophy Major Physics Major Sociology Major Space Science Major Systems & Decision Sciences Major Systems Engineering Major Academic Minors Aeronautical Engineering Minor America in the World Minor American Foundations Minor Applied Statistics Minor Cyber Security Minor Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor Engineering Management Minor General History Minor Geography Minor Grand Strategy Minor Network Science Minor Nuclear Science Minor Photonics Minor Regional Studies Minor Robotics Minor Space Science Minor Systems Engineering Minor Terrorism Studies Minor War Technology and Society Minor Guidance on Choosing an Academic Major Overview Courses Enrichment Operations research applies quantitative methods to decision-making. The operations research curriculum offers a combination of mathematical optimization, statistics, systems engineering, engineering management, computer science, and economics. This broad foundation of problem-solving skills and knowledge afford an adept perspective when confronting the challenging and complex problems that face military, government, and industry leaders. Graduates of the operations research program at West Point are well prepared to tackle some of the Army's most challenging problems and to pursue graduate study in support of the operations research career field. The military specifically uses operations research at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. The applications cover a full spectrum of military activities including national policy analysis, resource allocation, force composition and modernization, logistics, human resources, battle planning, and maintenance and replenishment. The major offers an honors option. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Required Courses MA371 LINEAR ALGEBRA MA376 APPLIED STATISTICS MA381 NONLINEAR OPTIMIZATION MA476 MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS MA477 THEORY & APPL OF DATA SCIENCE MA481 LINEAR OPTIMIZATION MA486 MATHEMATICAL COMPUTATION SE385 DECISION ANALYSIS Sample Electives EM381 ENGINEERING ECONOMY EM411 PROJECT MANAGEMENT EM420 PRODUCTION OPERATIONS MGMT EM482 SUPPLY CHAIN ENG & INFO MGMT SE370 COMPUTER AIDED SYSTEMS ENG SE489 AD IND STY IN SYS ENG/ENG MGMT CS393 DATABASE SYSTEMS CS486 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CY300 PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS MA388 SABERMETRICS MA478 GENERALIZED LINEAR MODELS SE370 COMPUTER AIDED SYSTEMS ENG CS384 DATA STRUCTURES CS393 DATABASE SYSTEMS CS486 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CY300 PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS CY460 CYBER POLICY, STRATEGY, & OPNS MA372 INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE MATH MA394 FUNDAMENTALS/NETWORK SCIENCE MA461 GRAPH THEORY AND NETWORK CY300 PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS SE485 COMBAT MODELING SM484 SYSTEM DYNAMICS SIMULATION EM381 ENGINEERING ECONOMY MG410 MANAGERIAL FINANCE SS368 ECONOMETRICS I SS382 MICROECONOMICS SS388 MACROECONOMICS SS469 ECONOMETRICS II This major offers an honors track. To learn more, view the full Operations Research Major Curriculum. Cadets who choose this major have the opportunity to publish in journals like Mathematica Militaris, become a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Alpha Zeta Chapter, and work with the mathematical science center as they conduct summer internships/research at various laboratories and agencies. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Mathematical Sciences or the Mathematical Sciences Center.