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.


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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

The BS Environmental Science degree is a 125 credit hour, four-year degree.  The MS Science, Technology, & Public Policy degree is a 30 credit hour, 1-2 year degree. The program is designed as an integrated dual degree program where qualified students begin taking MS courses in their fourth year (or earlier). In the proposed program a total of 146 credit hours are required, which meets the state-mandated minimum required credits for any BS/MS program. In addition, state mandates for undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees are also met.

A student will typically apply to the BS/MS degree program in their second year or later. Students can use the short form application for the BS/MS STPP (Appendix B). Students are allowed to pursue the BS/MS option as long their GPA remains above a 3.0. Students will be encouraged to complete their immersion or minor in public policy.