BS in Public Policy

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Program overview

The public policy major explores the intersection of public policy, technology, and our natural world. The major provides students with an opportunity to integrate their interests in science, technology, government, economics, and other social science fields. The BS degree combines an understanding of these fields with the analytical tools needed to study the impact of public policy on society. Students acquire policy analysis skills, with particular attention on analyzing policies that emerge in a technology-based society. The program has many key features, including:

Science and technology—Students are trained in the vernacular, methodologies, and problem-solving approaches of the sciences and technologies relevant to their chosen policy study concentration, and they possess a well-grounded familiarity in that area.

Interdisciplinary—Public policy core courses ensure the major provides integration of diverse disciplines. This sequence makes up the core of the curriculum and enables students to integrate diverse subjects and apply them to the analysis of public policy.

Integrated qualitative and quantitative skills—The major balances both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of public policy so that students are able to achieve a full systems-level grasp of policy issues.

Solid grounding in liberal arts—While our students have quantitative and qualitative training, by the end of their academic career they also will have completed liberal arts courses with a broad disciplinary range. It is this grounding in humanistic values, combined with technology and science, that makes the major both balanced and unique.

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to train students to think and analyze policy in terms of complex, interconnected systems. This training is in high demand in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

 

Public policy, BS degree, typical course sequence flow chart (students should meet with advisor to discuss)

Public Policy BS Flowchart 2017

 


Concentrations

Student must complete a five course concentration which will either provide depth of knowledge in an area of technology policy (i.e. cybersecurity, energy, environmental) or develop a specific skill set (i.e. advanced methods or public management). With the help of a faculty adviser, students can customize a concentration based on their interests and professional aspirations. Many concentration courses, including those that provide a firm grounding in science and technology, are offered through other majors and colleges of the university. This gives students an opportunity to interact and study with researchers and faculty from a broad range of disciplines. Below are examples of possible concentrations. Examples of student designed concentrations have included: health policy, engineering policy, communication, criminal justice, and law.

Energy

PUBL-530

Energy Policy

STSO-330

Energy and the Environment

STSO-421

Environmental Policy

STSO-550

Sustainable Communities

EEET-251

Clean Energy Power Systems (Pre-R: PHYS-111 or 1017-211)

EEET-351

Solar Photovoltaic Applications (Pre-R: PHYS-111 or 1017-211)

MECE-151

Engineering Mechanics Review

MTSC-232

Contemporary Science: Chemistry

PHYS-111

College Physics I

PHYS-112

College Physics II

 

Cyber Security and Computing

PUBL-363

Cybersecurity Policy and Law

PUBL-520

Information & Communications Policy

CSEC-101

Fundamentals of Computing Security

CSEC-362

Cryptography and Authentication (Pre-R: CSEC-101 or 4050-220  and Math-131 or 190 or 4050-220 or equivalent)

CSEC-461

Computer System Security (Pre-R: CSEC-101 and NSSA-221 and NSSA-245 or equivalent)

CSEC-462

Network Security and Forensics (Pre-R: CSEC-101 and NSSA-245 or equivalent)

CSEC-466

Introduction to Malware (Pre-R: CSCI-462 or CSEC-362 and NSSA-221 and NSSA 245 or equivalent)

CSEC-467

Mobile Device Security and Forensics (Pre-R: NSSA-221 or equivalent)

CSEC-468

Risk Management for Information Security (Pre-R: NSSA-221and CSEC-499 or equivalent)

CSEC-469

Wireless Security (Pre-R: CSCI-462 or CSEC-362 and NSSA-241 or equivalent)

CSCI-455

Principles of Computer Security (Pre-R: CSCI-251 or 4003-420 or 400 or equivalent)

CSCI-462

Introduction to Cryptography (Pre-R: CSCI-243 or 4003-334 or SWEN-262 and Math-190 or Math-200 or 1016-366 or equivalent)

CRIM-290

Computer Crime ((Pre-R: CRIM-110 or equivalent)

ISTE-262

Foundations of Human Centered Computing (Pre-R: ISTE-120 and ISTE-140 and NMDE-111 or equivalent)

MATH-367

Codes and Ciphers (Pre-R: Math-190 or Math-200 or 1055-265 or equivalent)

SWEN-331

Engineering Secure Software (Pre-R: SWEN-261 and SWEN-499 or CSEC-499 or SCCI-499 or equivalent)

 

Environmental Resilience

STSO-120

Introduction to Environmental studies

STSO-220

Environment and Society

STSO-240

Social Consequences of Technology

STSO-421

Environmental Policy

STSO-422

Great Lakes

STSO-330

Energy and the Environment

STSO-421

Environmental Policy

STSO 550

Sustainable Communities

STSO-521

Biodiversity and Society

ECON-420

Environmental Economics

ECON-421

Natural Resource Economics

ESHS-100

Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Safety Seminar

ESHS-480

Environmental Health and Safety Law (Pre-R: 4th year standing)

ENVS-101

Concepts of Environmental Science

ENVS-250

Applications of Geographic Information Systems

 

Advanced Methods and Tools

CSCI-464

Xtreme Theory (Pre-R: CSCI-140, Math-190)

ECON-403

Econometrics (Pre-R: Econ-101, Math-181, Stat-145)

ECON-407

Industrial Organization (Pre-R: Econ-101)

ECON-410

Game Theory with Economic Implications (Pre-R: Econ-101)

ECON-422

Benefit-Cost Analysis (Pre-R: Econ-101)

ENVS-250

Applications of Geographic Information Systems

MCEE-205

Statistics and Design of Experiments

MGMT-330

Design Thinking and Concept Development (Pre-R: 3rd year standing)

STAT-146

Introduction to Statistics II (Pre-R: STAT-145

STAT-205

Applied Statistics (Pre-R: Math-182)

STAT-305

Regression Analysis (Pre-R: Math-241)

STAT-325

Design of Experiment (Pre-R: Stat-205)

 

Public Management

ACCT-110    

Financial Accounting

ACCT-450  

Accounting for Government and Not-for-profit Organizations

CMDS-432 

Managing Organizational Change

COMM-201

Public Speaking

COMM-356  

Critical Practice in Social Media

COMM-212  

Public Relations

COMM-221  

Public Relations Writing

COMM-202  

Mass Communications

COMM-248  

Project Management for Events

DECS-350

Project Management

MGMT-215

Organizational Behavior

MGMT-450

Negotiation

MGMT-380 

Managerial Skills

MGIS-320 

Database Management Systems

MGIS-330 

Systems Analysis and Design

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Additional Information

Double Majors (BS)

Our department also engages with other departments to offer double majors for undergraduates at RIT. More information about our current and future double major options can be obtained by contacting the department.

Double Major Policy

Double Major Authorization Form

    Cooperative education

    Students may complete a co-op or internship within the private, public, or nonprofit sectors. The co-op experience makes our students attractive to a wide range of agencies, businesses, and organizations.

    Employment opportunities

    Exciting career opportunities await professionals who can integrate an understanding of science and technology with public policy decision making. Graduates are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the growing job market in public policy, with career options in a range of fields within the private, government, and nonprofit sectors.

    Faculty

    Faculty have extensive experience in the classroom and as practitioners in their respective fields. In addition to public policy, faculty members have a broad range of backgrounds, including physics, engineering, law, environmental science, energy management, and information technology.