Operations Research Methods

(19 semester hours)


Operations research is the use of scientific methods in decision making. It seeks to observe, understand, and predict the behavior of human-machine systems through the use of mathematical models.

Techniques of operations research are designed to cope with problems of practical significance, which are often characterized by complicated and uncertain environments. These techniques have contributed to the solution of problems of choice, policy, and planning that have arisen in military, governmental, industrial, environmental, and social contexts. This minor should be considered by students attracted to the use of mathematics, statistics, and computing in solving decision-making problems of practical significance.

To explore the possibility of designing your own program, contact the department listed below. Otherwise, your program will include the CSA 3 Thematic Sequence (Mathematical and Computer Modeling). Majors in CSA typically satisfy the MTH 2 Thematic Sequence (Basic Mathematical Tools for Science).


A minimum 2.0 g.p.a. is required for all courses in this minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit). Students planning to take this minor should consult with the chief departmental adviser. This minor is available to all majors.


Department of Mathematics
123 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056