Zicklin undergraduate Operations Management curriculum

Major in OM

The BBA in Operations Management allows students a choice of two major tracks in Operations Management.

    • Operations Management and Analytics track combines business knowledge of Operations Management with data analytics. This track is designed for students who want a flexible option allowing them to complement their knowledge of OM with analytical and quantitative skills; it offers students choice of operations, statistics, programming, and business analytics electives.
    • Operations Management and Consulting track combines business knowledge of Operations Management with the tools and frameworks for managing people, processes, and projects that will be useful for a career in consulting or in general management. This track offers fewer elective choices–it focuses on building depth in operations and complementing that with elective study in management.

Both tracks require five courses: the foundations of decision modeling, process analysis, and supply chain management (OPM 3500, 3710, and 3730) and two capstone courses (OPM 4500 and 4551). The tracks differ in the remaining three courses, which must be chosen from the appropriate Track Electives. The full curriculum and requirements are available here.

Either track requires at least two semesters to complete after completing OPM 3000. Students interested in Operations Management should take OPM 3000 as soon as possible. OPM 3000 is offered in every term (Spring, Summer, Fall, and January). The only pre-requisites for OPM 3000 are ECO 1001, ECO 1002, and STA 2000. Do not delay taking OPM 3000.

Four-semester traditional sequence

Below is a suggested four-semester sequence for the courses in the Operations Management major. It assumes students enter Zicklin in the Junior year having already completed QNT2020 but still needing to complete other BBA courses.*

This is not the only possible sequence; it gives one way to plan a path through the major.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
  • OPM 3000
  • OPM 3500
  • Other BBA course*
  • Other BBA course*
  • Other BBA course*
  • OPM 3710
  • OPM 3730
  • OPM 3740 or 3750 or analytics elective
  • Other BBA course*
  • Other BBA course*
  • OPM 3740 or 3750 or analytics elective
  • OPM 4500**
  • Track elective
  • Other BBA course*
  • Other BBA course*
  • OPM 4551**
  • BPL 5100
  • Other BBA course*
  • Other BBA course*

* Other BBA courses include required core business courses other than OPM 3000, the required liberal arts minor, and the optional Zicklin minor. See DegreeWorks and consult your academic advisor to determine which specific courses to take.

** The department does not waive the prerequisites for OPM 4500 and 4551. These must be taken after passing OPM 3500, 3710, and 3730.

Two-semester intensive sequence

Upon completing OPM 3000, it is possible to complete the OM major in two intensive semesters, assuming all other BBA requirements have been completed. Completing this intensive sequence requires that students enter with transfer credit for OPM 3000 or pass OPM 3000 in the summer or winter session.

This is a challenging schedule with rigorous quantitative coursework condensed into two semesters. Students pursuing an OM major in two semesters should have excellent quantitative aptitude and study skills and be able to set aside sufficient time for academic study.

Summer or winter session Semester 1 Semester 2
  • OPM 3000
  • OPM 3500
  • OPM 3710
  • OPM 3730
  • OPM 3740 or 3750 or analytics elective
  • Track elective
  • OPM 3740 or 3750 or analytics elective
  • OPM 4500*
  • OPM 4551*
  • BPL 5100

* The department does not waive the prerequisites for OPM 4500 and 4551. These must be taken after passing OPM 3500, 3710, and 3730.

Student responsibilities

Students are responsible for careful planning to ensure prerequisites are met:

    • QNT 2020 or Calculus is a prerequisite for OPM 3500.
    • OPM 3000 is a prerequisite for all OPM courses numbered 3700 and above.
    • OPM 3500, 3710, and 3730 are prerequisites for both OPM 4500 and 4551 (the department does not grant exceptions or waivers to this).
    • OPM 3740 (Spring) and 3750 (Fall) may be offered in alternating semesters.
    • OPM 4500 is a co-requisite for BPL 5100 (you may take both in the same semester or take BPL 5100 after OPM 4500).

Need help? If you have questions, you may contact the OM area faculty advisor.

If you have difficulty finding a seat in a course you need for graduation, please contact the Zicklin Undergraduate Programs Office for help well in advance of the start of the semester.

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