It is a cliché that science and technology have become major drivers of social, political and economic change. It follows then that scientists and engineers will increasingly shape the direction of those changes, and it is important that scientists understand how their future actions directly and indirectly affect all of our lives.
Just as scientists have an important role in shaping public policy, scientific activities, careers, and the profession itself are greatly influenced by public policy choices. Moreover, policies affecting how we as a society live and work—such as environmental policy, industrial policy, energy policy, and national security policy, to name a few—demand that scientists be prepared to integrate policy questions into their research.
Yet the vast majority of scientists have little knowledge of public policy, and most policymakers have little firsthand knowledge about the many scientifically-steeped decisions they make.
This proposal creates an integrated science/public policy curriculum through the development of a BS/MS in Environmental Science/Science, Technology, and Public Policy. The proposed program is supported by faculty in both the Program in Environmental Science in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences and the Department of Public Policy.