Mathematical Decision Sciences is the undergraduate program of the Department of Statistics & Operations Research. The BS degree in MDS provides students with a strong undergraduate background in the areas of probability, statistics, data analysis, optimization, stochastic and deterministic modeling, and risk analysis. It prepares students for careers or for further graduate study in such technical fields as statistical analysis, operations research, management science, industrial engineering, biostatistics, strategic planning, systems analysis, financial analysis, and actuarial science.

The demand for students with this type of training has been quite high in the past and should continue to be so. Students who have interests in any of these areas and who enjoy quantitative work should investigate the possibility of obtaining a major or minor in this program.

A further description of the mathematical decision sciences can be found here. The requirements for the major can be found at Major Requirements and the requirements for a minor can be found at Minor Requirements. A flow chart of the courses required for the major can be found at:

[MDS flowchart].

See Courses for a list of current and projected MDS courses and other courses of possible interest. The major and minor advisers for the program are listed together with their office locations at Faculty and Staff. Interested students can apply for our joint 5-Year BS/MS in MDS and Operations Research.

Finally, information on the opportunities for post graduate careers in related areas can be found by clicking on “After Graduation.”