Management Science and Engineering Program

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2016-17 Management Science & Engineering UG Program

  • UG Director: Ross Shachter, 337 Huang,
  • Student Services: Lori Cottle, 114 Huang, (NEW OFFICE LOCATION; formerly 141 Huang)
  • Dept Chair: Peter Glynn,

The Department of Management Science and Engineering leads at the interface of engineering, business, and public policy. The department’s mission is, through education and research, to advance the design, management, operation, and interaction of technological, economic, and social systems. The department’s engineering research strength is integrated with its educational program at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels: graduates of the program are trained as engineers and future leaders in technology, policy, and industry. Research and teaching activities are complemented by an outreach program that encourages the transfer of ideas to the environment of Silicon Valley and beyond.
The undergraduate curriculum in Management Science and Engineering provides students training in the fundamentals of engineering systems analysis to prepare them to plan, design, and implement complex economic and technological management systems where a scientific or engineering background is necessary or desirable. The major prepares students for a variety of career paths, including investment banking, management consulting, facilities and process management, or for graduate school in industrial engineering, operations research, business, economics, law, medicine, or public policy.

Objectives and Outcomes for Management Science and Engineering


  • Principles and Skills: Provide our students with a basic understanding of management science and engineering principles, including analytical problem solving and communication skills.
  • Preparation for Practice: Prepare our students for practice in a field that sees rapid changes in tools, problems, and opportunities.
  • Preparation for Continued Growth: Prepare our students for graduate study and self development over an entire career, and
  • Preparation for Service: Develop in our students the awareness, background, and skills necessary to become responsible citizens, employees, and leaders


  • An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments;
  • An ability to design a system or components to meet desired needs;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • Background necessary for admission to top professional graduate engineering or business programs;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; and
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues pertinent to the field of management science and engineering.

Program Description

The program builds on the foundational courses for engineering, including calculus, mathematical modeling, probability, statistics, engineering fundamentals, and physics or chemistry. The department core, taken for all areas, includes courses in accounting, computer science, deterministic optimization, economics, organization theory, and a capstone senior project. . Through the core, all students in the program are exposed to the breadth of faculty interests, and are in a good position to choose an area during the junior year.

The major is designed to allow a student to explore all three areas of the department in greater depth.
1. Finance and Decision: focuses on the design and analysis of financial and strategic plans.
2. Operations and Analytics: focuses on algorithms, theory, and the design and analysis of manufacturing, production, and service systems.
3. Organizations, Technology, and Policy: focuses on understanding, design, and analysis of organizations and public policy, particularly technology-based issues.

The program for students in all concentrations builds on a strong engineering foundation. The required mathematics courses include calculus of single and multiple variables, linear algebra, probability, statistics, and stochastic models. At least eight units of science are required, including two courses in chemistry or physics. The required and elective mathematics and science requirements can be met by the approved courses, listed on the Approved Courses page, or by PHYSICS 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, or 26, PSYCH 50 (cognitive neuroscience) or 70 (social psychology), or AP credit for chemistry, mathematics, or physics (AP units must be approved by the SoE Dean’s office in 135 Huang).
The program includes three Engineering Fundamental courses in addition to the engineering fundamental course included in the department core, MS&E 111/ENGR 62. One of the fundamentals must be CS 106A, one is elective, and the other is either ENGR 40, 40A, 40M, or 40P, which provides some background and lab experience in electrical engineering, ENGR 25B or 25E, which presents basic science and engineering principles of biotechnology, or ENGR 80, which provides an overview of biological engineering focused on engineering analysis and design of biological processes.

The Technology in Society requirement is satisfied by a subset of the courses approved by the School of Engineering, particularly those that emphasize social responsibility (refer to the TIS list on the Approved Courses page). Some of these courses are also included in some of the concentrations; any given course can be used to satisfy either the Technology in Society or depth requirement, but not both.

The Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement can be met by three restricted electives in the program, MS&E 152W, 193, or 197. It is up to the students to ensure that their programs include at least one of them, either in their area selections or their Technology in Society course. Students are welcome to take more than one WIM course, and WIM courses may be used to satisfy other requirements.
The department core comprises courses in accounting, computer science, deterministic optimization, economics, organization theory, and a capstone senior project.

Although there are prerequisites for most MS&E courses, we encourage students to take some MS&E courses in their freshman and sophomore year to learn more about the department. Introductory courses without prerequisites include MS&E 107, 140, 152, 178, 180, 193, and 472. Introductory courses with calculus prerequisites include: MS&E 111, and MS&E 120.

For information about an MS&E minor, see the “Minors and Honors” section in this Handbook. In addition to the B.S. degree, the MS&E Department offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Management Science and Engineering.
If you would like more information about our degree programs, please visit Lori Cottle, the MS&E Student Services Manager, in Huang Engineering Center, Suite 114. Students are encouraged to plan their academic programs as early as possible, ideally in the freshman or sophomore year. Please do not wait until you are declaring a major to consult with us. This is particularly important if you would like to study overseas or pursue another major or minor.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member during the summer quarter, and get paid to do so full-time. We give priority to our declared majors for REU positions. Information is emailed to all declared majors when applications become available during the winter quarter.

Requirements: Bachelor of Science Degree in MS&E

Math and Science (44 units minimum)

Math (all listed courses; 23 units minimum)

  • CME 100 Vector Calculus for Engineers, 5 units A,WS

       or MATH 51 Linear Algebra and Diff. Calculus of Several Vars. 5 units, A,W,S 5 units, Spr

  • CME 103 Introduction to Matrix Methods, 5 units, A
  • MS&E 120 Probabilistic Analysis 5 units, A
  • MS&E 121 Introduction to Stochastic Modeling 4 units, S
  • MS&E 125 Introduction to Applied Statistics, 4 units W

Science (8 units minimum)
One of the following three eight-unit sequences:

  • CHEM 31B/X Chemical Principles (AP/IB credit may be used) 4 units, A,W

and CHEM 33 Structure and Reactivity 4 units, W,S

  • PHYSICS 21 Mechanics and Heat (AP/IB credit may be used) 4 units, A

and PHYSICS 23 Electricity and Optics  (AP/IB credit may be used) 4 units, W

Plus either of the labs (22 or 24) -- (only one lab required with the 20 series)

  • PHYSICS 41 Mechanics (AP Physics C credit may be used) 4 units, W

and PHYSICS 43 Electricity and Magnetism (AP Physics C credit may be used) 4 units, S

  • Plus up to 13 units of additional Math, Science, or Statistics electives from SoE approved list (see Approved Courses page), or PSYCH 50, or PSYCH 70 to reach a total of 44 units

Electives may not repeat material from any other requirement. AP/IB credit for Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics may be used.

Technology in Society (TiS)

One of the following courses required:

  • ENGR 131 Ethical Issues in Engineering 4 units, A,W,S
  • COMM 120 Digital Media in Society 5 units, Not given 2015-16
  • CS 181 Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy 3-4 units, A,W,S
  • MS&E 193 Technology in National Security 3 units, A
  • STS 1 The Public Life of Science and Technology 4 units, W

Engineering Fundamentals

At least three courses; 11-15 units:

  • CS 106A Programming Methodologies (AP/IB credit may be used) 5 units, A,W,S
  • ENGR 25B Biotechnology/Energy 3 units, (not offered 16-17 OR ENGR 25E Energy, 3 units, W

OR one of ENGR 40, ENGR 40A, ENGR 40M, ENGR 40P, or ENGR 80

  • One other engineering fundamental from SoE approved list (neither ENGR 62 not CS 106B/X may be used) 3-5 A,W,S

Writing in the Major

One of the following:
MS&E 152W, MS&E 193, and MS&E 197, taken as TIS or depth, fulfill the WIM requirement.

Engineering Depth

Core: Six courses; 28 units

  • CS 106B/X or CS 103 , 5 units
  • ECON 50 Economic Analysis I, 5 units, A,W
  • MS&E 108 Senior Project 5 units, W
  • MS&E 111 (same as ENGR 62). Introduction to Optimization 4 units, A,S
  • MS&E 140. Accounting for Managers and Entrepreneurs, 3-4 units, A,W

      OR MS&E 140X. Financial Accounting Concepts and Analysis, 2 units, S

  • MS&E 180 Organizations: Theory and Management 4 units, A,S

Engineering Depth: Area Courses (27 units)

Choose four or five courses (minimum 15 units) from a primary area and two courses (minimum 6 units) from each of the other two areas.


Students choosing F&D as their primary area must take at least two of ECON 51, MS&E 145, and MS&E 152

INTRODUCTORY (suitable for freshmen and sophomores):

  • MS&E 147 Finance and Society 4 units, W
  • MS&E 152 Introduction to Decision Analysis. (WIM) 4 units, S

INTERMEDIATE (appropriate for juniors and seniors):

  • MS&E 145 Introductory Financial Analysis, 3 units, A
  • MS&E 146 Corporate Financial Management 3 units, W
  • MS&E 245G Finance I, 3 units, W
  • MS&E 252 Decision Analysis I: Foundations of Decision Analysis, 3-4 units, A

ADVANCED (intended primarily for graduate students):

  • MS&E 245A Investment Science 3 units, A
  • MS&E 245B Advanced Investment Science 3 units, W
  • MS&E 246 Financial Risk Analysis 3 units, W
  • MS&E 250A Engineering Risk Analysis 3 units, W
  • MS&E 250B Project Course in Engineering Risk Analysis 3 units, S


Students choosing O&A as their primary area may also include CS 161, CS 229, and STATS 202 in their selections
Introductory (no prerequisites)

  • MS&E 107 Interactive Management Science 3 units, A


  • MS&E 112 Mathematical Programming and Combinatorial Optimization 3 units, W
  • MS&E 135 Networks 3 units, W
  • MS&E 213 Introduction to Optimization Theory 3 units, W
  • MS&E 223 Simulation 3 units, S
  • MS&E 226 “Small” Data 3 units, S
  • MS&E 231 Intro to Computational Social Science 3 units, A
  • MS&E 237 Networks, Markets, and Crowds 3 units, S
  • MS&E 251 Stochastic Control 3 units, S


  • MS&E 130 Information Networks and Services 3 units, W
  • MS&E 233 Networked Markets 3 units, Not given 2015-16
  • MS&E 235 Analytics in Action 3 units, W
  • MS&E 260 Intro to Operations Management 3-4 units, A
  • MS&E 262 Supply Chain Management 3 units, S
  • MS&E 263 Healthcare Operations Management 3 units, A
  • MS&E 264 Sustainable Product Development and Manufacturing 3-4 units, Not given 2015-16
  • MS&E 267 Service Operations 3 units, W


Students choosing OT&P as their primary area must take at least two of ENGR 145, MS&E 175, MS&E 184, MS&E 185, PSYCH 70, and SOC 114 (but not both PSYCH 70 and SOC 114)
INTRODUCTORY (no prerequisites)

  • ENGR 131 Ethical Issues in Engineering 4 units, A,W,S
  • MS&E 178 The Spirit of Entrepreneurship 3 units, A,W,S
  • MS&E 190 Policy and Strategy Analysis 3  units,S
  • MS&E 193 Technology and National Security 3 units, A
  • MS&E 197 Ethics and Public Policy 5 units, Not given 2016-17

ADVANCED (has prerequisites and/or appropriate for juniors and seniors)

  • ENGR 145 Technology Entrepreneurship 4 units, W
  • MS&E 175 Innovation, Creativity, and Change 3-4 units, W
  • MS&E 177 Engineering Innovation 4 units, A
  • MS&E 181 Issues in Technology and Work 3 units, W
  • MS&E 183 Leadership in Action 4 units, A
  • MS&E 184 Collective Intelligence 3 units, S
  • MS&E 185 Global Work 4 units, W,S
  • MS&E 243 Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis 3 units, S
  • MS&E 292 Health Policy Modeling 3 units, W
  • MS&E 294 Climate Policy Analysis 3 Not given 2016-17
  • MS&E 295 Energy Policy Analysis 3 units, W

Engineering fundamentals, engineering depth (core), and engineering depth (concentration) must total a minimum of 60 units.

Courses used to satisfy the math, science, technology in society, or engineering fundamental requirements may not also be used to satisfy an engineering depth requirement.

How to Declare a Major in Management Science and Engineering

We encourage students to declare as early as possible if they are seriously considering the major. The process consists of discussing your plans with the Student Services Manager and meeting prospective advisors until you find a faculty member you want to work with. The MS&E major offers a wide variety of options and students can receive much better guidance once they have declared. Paperwork for the declaration process is available at

1. Complete the MS&E counseling form, available at http:/
2. Go into Axess and declare MS&E as your major. Your declaration will be routed to Lori Cottle, Student Services Officer, for approval. Online approval will be given after steps 1-5 are completed.
3. Meet with Lori Cottle in Huang, Suite 114, for a tentative advisor assignment or choose an advisor from the MS&E list of available advisors, available at
4. Take the counseling form and an unofficial copy of your transcript or Axess grade printout to your new faculty advisor for a declaration advising session.
5. Bring the completed, signed form to Lori Cottle in Huang, Suite 114, who will then approve your online declaration. You will be sent an automatic email from the system after final approval has been given.

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