Undergraduate Minor in Science, Engineering, Innovation, and

Undergraduate Minor in Science,
Engineering, Innovation, and Public Policy
The SEPP Minor will help students to explore and
understand, experiment with, and improve public
policy relevant to the sciences, engineering,
business, and government. The minor will engage
students in the study of the institutions, policies,
and public budgeting underlying public investment
in science, technology, and engineering.
PUBAFR 5600 / ENVENG 5600 Science,
Engineering, Innovation, and Public Policy, will
present a history of the interactions between
science, engineering, and public policy in the
United States and in the context of global
concerns (e.g. climate change, competitiveness),
inquire into how various the federal government,
universities, and corporations conduct and fund
science and engineering, and explore how public
sector interests and processes influence, and are
influenced by, science, engineering, and public
policy. Case studies devoted to the science,
engineering, and policy of the University’s
Discovery Themes will help students apply policy
analysis and developments in science and
engineering to understand the relevance to realworld needs and policies.
Core Courses:
Science, Engineering, Innovation, and Public Policy
Innovation, Policy, and the Global Economy
Business & Government Relationship
Sample of Elective Courses
The Analysis and Display of Data
Techniques of Political Analysis
Qualitative Research
Foundations of Survey Research
Introduction to Cultures of Science and Technology
History of American Technology
Public Forest and Lands Policy
Food Laws and Regulations
Population, Food, and the Environment
Current Issues in Global Environmental Health
Syracuse University – The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
CTIP faculty teach the following
courses on technology topics:
PPA 730 Information Management in
the Public Sector
PPA 730 Networked Governance
PPA 730 Government 2.0
PPA 772 Science, Technology and
Public Policy
PPA 776 Economics of Science and
PSC 755 Politics and Governance in
the Information Age
Discusses the interplay of science,
technology and public policy. This
course explores the relations of
scientists and policymakers
(knowledge and power). Technology is
viewed as a resource that is both a
tool of policy and a factor shaping
policy. Moreover, various interests
promote, oppose, and seek to control
technology to "leverage" the future.
Focus is on the United States, but
attention is given also to other nations
and their science and technology
policies. A special concern is science,
technology and environmental policy.
University of Colorado, Boulder – Center for Science and Technology Policy
Course Overview
Graduate study provides you with an opportunity to gain expertise
within a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary specialty. Such
expertise is essential to the processes of creating new knowledge
and integrating existing knowledge to produce novel insights. But
society looks increasingly to experts to do more than conduct
research and produce knowledge -- society looks to experts to play
a central role in securing the benefits of the nation’s investment in
knowledge, while at the same time, helping to protect against the
misuse or unintended consequences of science and technology. In
short, society expects experts to contribute to decision making in
public, private and civic settings.
Science and technology result in a broad range of impacts on
society. The impacts can be positive, such as the advances in
health care over the twentieth century, or they can be negative,
such as in the prospect of a disease escaping a lab and infecting
millions of people. The impacts of science and technology on
society depend on the decisions we make and decision processes
we implement for the governance of science and technology. Given
the central role played by science and technology in modern
society it is critical to develop expertise at the interface of science,
technology and decision making.
Courses Offered by Center Faculty:
ENVS 4800 Making Decisions in a Complicated
ENVS 5000 Policy, Science, and the Environment
ENVS 5100 Science and Technology Policy
ENVS 5110 Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
ENVS 5120 Quantitative Methods of Policy Analysis
ENVS 5720 The Problem Orientation
University of California, Berkeley – Center for Science,
Technology, Medicine & Society
Courses Offered
101 American Culture in the Atomic Age
84.2 Has Feminism Changed Science?
Undergraduate Course Thread
The undergraduate Course Thread on Sciences and Society begins with the
understanding that the pressing problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and
social, technological and political, ethical and economic. Beyond the confines of
traditional disciplines–and in addition to the student’s major or minor–the Sciences
and Society Course Thread helps Berkeley undergraduates investigate the complex
relationships between these perspectives and practices, which are too often kept
apart. It offers the opportunity to understand how science, technology, and medicine
change our horizons of political possibility and social (in)justice. It also help us
understand how social and ethical commitments, historical processes, and political
formations help shape what will count as authoritative knowledge and viable
technologies. The Course Thread on Sciences and Society was mentioned as
exemplar of new model of undergrad education in the L&S Faculty Forum report on
Re-imagining Undergraduate Education at Berkeley.
189 Bio-Power, Bio-Sociality, Bio-Design
119 Con(sequential) Geneologies of
Difference: Anthropology and Genomics
119.1 Critical Bioethics
121 Theoretical Approaches in American
Historical Archaeology
189 Anthropology of Science, Technology,
and Medicine
The Anthropology of Reason, Science,
and Modernity
The Archaeology of Health and Disease
Anthropology of the Environment
Energy, Culture, and Social Organization
Introduction to Medical Anthropology
The kinds of topics students will find in this Course Thread include the histories and
futures of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human; race, identity, and
genetics; the politics of access to medicines at home and globally; global
environmental politics, social justice, and sustainable development; and much more.
With courses in departments including Integrative Biology, Rhetoric, History,
Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Ethnic Studies, Engineering,
Geography, Anthropology, and many more, the Sciences and Society Course Thread
helps Berkeley undergraduates develop new kinds of interdisciplinary literacy that are
become increasingly important to our engagements in the contemporary world.
Whose Science, Whose Fiction?
Exploring America's Scientific Imagination
Chicanos and Health Care
Introduction to Urban and Regional
Transportation Planning
Carnegie Mellon University – Department of Engineering and Public Policy
T&P Minor Curriculum
19-102 EPP Sophomore Seminar
19-451 (or 19-452) EPP Project
73-100 Principles of Economics
88-223 Decision Analysis & Decision Support Systems OR
88-302 Behavioral Decision Making
Two T&P Technical Electives
Minor in Technology and Policy
For CMU students in Mellon College of Science,
Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of
Fine Arts, EPP administers the Technology and Policy
Minor. The T&P minor is designed to allow students to
explore interests in the interactions of technology and
policy without significant overload to the course
requirements in their major curriculum.
T&P Technical Electives include courses in that generally
belong to two categories: courses which synthesize
engineering analysis and social analysis perspectives and
apply them to problems with substantial societal technological
components; and courses which teach methods or
background vital to classes of important problems at the
technology-society interface. Specific areas of interest for
these courses are
The T&P Minor requires satisfactory completion of a set
of six courses totaling to a minimum of 51 units.
Courses taken for your major or other minor may be
double-counted towards the T&P Minor. Note that some
courses that qualify for the T&P minor are courses in
engineering departments and may therefore involve
Energy, resources, and the environment
Risk assessment
Forensic engineering
Urban engineering
Information and communication technology
Product engineering and design
Michigan State University – James Madison College of Public Affairs
Minor Requirements
Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy:
Introduction to Science, Technology, the Environment and
Public Policy
History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
Minor in Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy
The Minor in Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy
(STEPPS) is available as an elective to students who are enrolled
in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. The
minor will expose students to policy-making processes at the local,
state, national and international levels; examine historical trends
and analyze social relationships; build a strong understanding of
scientific principles used to formulate sound policy initiatives; and
facilitate a linkage between policy-making and science, technology
and the environment.
Course Description
Introduction to Science, Technology, the Environment
and Public Policy
Relation of science and technology to ethics and public
policy. Environmental law and public policy. Managing fish,
water and wildlife resources at state, national, and
international levels. Science and technology in developing
countries. Impacts of military technology on environmental
Philosophy of Ecology
American and European Health Care Since 1800
Environmental Reporting
Topics in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
Technology and Culture
Topics in History of Science
Public Policy
Public Policy Issues in the Agri-Food System
Global Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Economics of Developing Countries
Environmental Economics
Law and Resources
Forest Resource Economics
Natural Resource Policy
Conservation Ethics
Socio-Economics of Conservation Biology
Science, Technology and Public Policy
The Philosophy of Technology

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