In the ORMS major, students will develop solid quantitative, model building, and problem solving skills through core courses in mathematics, statistics, and operations research, and will learn how to apply these skills these skills in solving problems in an area of their choice.

Applying to the ORMS Major

You must be invited by IEOR to apply to the ORMS Major. Please submit your name on the waitlist and we will notify you when the application is available. To sign up for the waitlist, please follow the directions below. The online application will open before the start of a new semester. Until then the application will be closed. If you have any questions please email anayancy@berkeley.edu or visit the office (4145 Etcheverry) during office hours (M-W-F 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m. -4 p.m., and Thursdays 1 p.m.- 4p.m.).

  1. Login to your berkeley.edu google account
  2. Visit https://groups.google.com/a/ieor.berkeley.edu/forum/#!forum/ormswaitlist...
  3. After you click "Save" on the google group, you are added to the list and will receive an invitation to apply during the next application cycle

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ORMS Major. ORMS is a capped major. All applicants must review the information below prior to submitting the application. We recommend that students apply during the semester that they are completing their final prerequisite courses. For most students, this is during their sophomore year. For transfer students, you must apply at the end of your first semester on the UC Berkeley campus.

Who should take this major?

Students who enjoy and are good at mathematics, computers, and solving practical, multi-disciplinary problems. Keep in mind the program is very math intensive so if math is a difficult subject for you this may not be the right program for you.

When can I declare the major?

You can declare a major after you have completed at least one semester at UC Berkeley. The ORMS major is impacted and to be considered for admission, students should have a minimum of a 3.2 Berkeley GPA in the prerequisite courses. Applications must be submitted by invitation only. To be considered for invitation, request to be added to the waiting list by contacting Anayancy Paz, anayancy @berkeley.edu (4145 Etcheverry). The program plan cannot be approved if students will have completed more than 80 semester units prior to your last intended semester (AP units do not count towards this 80 unit ceiling).

All four classes (Math 53, Math 54, Econ 1, 2 or 3 and UGBA 10) must be completed prior to acceptance to the major and all must be taken for a letter grade. Students should apply to the major at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in their final prerequisites. Transfer students should apply at the end of their first semester at Berkeley. Admissions decisions will not be made until any prerequisite courses in progress are finished and grades are available.

Many factors are considered in determining admission. The main criterion is academic performance as measured by Berkeley GPA in the prerequisite courses.

The petition to declare a major is available from L&S office in Campbell Hall or from the L&S website: http://ls-advise.berkeley.edu/fp/fp.html

GPA Requirement

Maintain a 3.2 (at Berkeley) GPA in Math 53 and 54, Econ 1, 2, or 3, and UGBA 10 is required.

Unit Cap/Semester Cap

Transfer students must apply to the major at the end of their first semester on campus. Summer session prior to the academic year does not count as the first semester. Applications will not be accepted from second-semester transfer students. There are no exceptions.

Students must apply to the major prior to reaching 80 units of post-high school coursework (including in-progress courses). We do not accept applications from graduating seniors or students in their fourth (or later) year of studies, even if it is not the student's first major. There are no exceptions.

Prerequisite Coursework

Math 53, Math 54, Econ 1, 2 or 3, and UGBA 10 must be completed prior to acceptance to the major and all must be taken for a letter grade. Students should apply to the major at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in their final prerequisites. Students should have a minimum of a 3.2 Berkeley GPA in the prerequisite courses.

Course Equivalency

Equivalency of courses taken at other colleges and universities should be determined early in the application process. Articulation agreements with the California Community Colleges define specific course equivalencies. You can also look to see what classes at your CA Community College satisfy requirements through ASSIST: http://www.assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html

What if I want to create my own concentration of cluster electives?

Once you are declared you may do this with the signed approval of a faculty advisor. Undergraduate advisor for ORMS is Professor Schruben.

Alternative Majors

This is a very popular major and we only have space for about 25 students. All students should plan for an alternative major. There is an OR concentration in the math department that might be a good choice.

Application

You must be added to the waitlist and invited to apply. The directions to sign up for the ORMS waitlist are provided below. Applications are released before the start of a new semester if there is room in the major. Please note that the application will only be open during the start of a new semester.

  1. Login to your berkeley.edu google account
  2. Visit https://groups.google.com/a/ieor.berkeley.edu/forum/#!forum/ormswaitlist...
  3. After you click "Save" on the google group, you are added to the list and will receive an invitation to apply during the next application cycle

If you have any questions or concerns please email gradadm-ieor@berkeley.edu or visit the office (4145 Etcheverry) during office hours (M-W-F 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m. -4 p.m., and Thursdays 1 p.m.- 4p.m.)