The Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and the Master of Science degree in science, technology, and public policy develop students who can effectively formulate public policies and analyze their impacts, particularly as related to science and technology issues. Students will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and skill set that allows them to integrate policy analysis techniques with technological, political, social, economic, and ethical considerations. Students also will demonstrate exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
Undergraduate students are required to complete at least one co-op work assignment. Typically, this assignment lasts one academic quarter, or about 2-3 months. We generally encourage students to conduct co-op activities during the summer after their junior year in the program.
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At the end of their third year all students are capable of conducting scientific and applied research, are polished writers and speakers, and have at their disposal a number of policy analysis tools, including cost/benefit analysis, decision analysis, and computer modeling techniques. Students will be prepared to assist in the policy analysis endeavors of a company, non-profit, or government agency. Students will have practice using analytical techniques to evaluate alternative policies based on an organization’s goals, analyze the potential for implementation of a set of policies in the political arena, or understand the impact of a policy on the mission of the organization. In particular, students will be able to apply these tools to contemporary science and technology related problems. Finally, given the technological aspects of our program, students will be able to evaluate technologies and assess the economic, social, and regulatory aspects of their use.
Students take six courses in a particular science and technology policy area. We call these policy “tracks.” Many policy tracks are available. For example, the environmental policy track focuses on the challenges that business and government policy makers face in dealing with environmental issues. The information and communications policy track focuses on the challenges presented by emerging and quickly evolving information and communications technologies. The energy policy track looks at policies affecting new energy technologies. The biotechnology track explores regulatory responses to new biotechnologies. Other tracks are always being developed and students have an option to create a “tailored track” to meet particular student interests. Highlighting your track will be a senior project, in which you will work closely with an RIT faculty member on research related to your interests.
Policy Analyst, Program Evaluator, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Program Managers for government, non-profit or corporate employers
Government agencies (policy analysis and program implementation at the local, state, federal level), private companies (policy analysis, regulatory affairs, marketing, government affairs, new product development, public affairs, policy advocates), non-profits (policy analysis, policy advocacy, program evaluation).
We appreciate your interest in your career. We will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Sharitta Gross, the program coordinator who works with the Public Policy program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site. You can also learn more about the program.
Sharitta F. Gross, Program Coordinator
RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623-5603
Office phone: 585.475.2301, 585.475.6905 (TTY)