The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers a minor in Science, Engineering and Public Policy. This minor introduces students to the governmental roles and responsibilities surrounding science, engineering and innovation. The United States spends more than $400 billion in this area of research and development. National security, healthcare, transportation, energy, environment and much more are supported by government funding. In addition to determining spending, topics such as standards, regulations, patents, inventions and medicines are determined by government policy--science greatly influences these outcomes.


The Science, Engineering and Public Policy program minor consists of 12 semester credit hours composed of six credits of core courses from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and six credits of thematic courses in substantive areas of relating science, engineering and public policy (e.g., Energy and Environmental Policy).

Required Courses

Take two of the following

  • Public Affairs/Environmental Engineering 5600: Science, Engineering and Public Policy (3)
  • Public Affairs 5610: Innovation, Policy, and the Global Economy (3)
  • Public Affairs 5750/5750H: The Business Government Relationship (3)

Thematic Courses**

The goal of the thematic specialization is that all students emerge with knowledge about a substantive area of science, technology or engineering policy. Students must select two courses from the thematic areas listed below. They may also petition to count other courses related to science or engineering policy that are not listed here.

** A student may take all three core courses, and one elective in a thematic area if desired.

Land-Use Policy

  • ENR 3600 Management of Public Lands
  • ENR 4400 Law and Legal Process
  • ENR 5325 Public Forest and Lands Policy

Food and Agriculture Policy

  • PUBAFR 5800 US Food Policy
  • PUBAFR 5900 Food Systems Planning and the Economy
  • FDSCTE 5320 Food Laws and Regulations
  • AED ECON 4597 Population, Food, and the Environment
  • AED ECON 4002.02 Operations Research in Agribusiness and Applied Economics
  • FABENG 5320 Agroecosystems

Energy and Environmental Policy

  • ENR 2155 Energy and Environment
  • ENR 4000 Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • ENR 5451 Water Law
  • MATSCEN 5572 Materials for Energy Technology

Health Policy

  • BMI 5760 Public Health Informatics
  • PUBHEHS 3310 Current Issues in Global Environmental Health
  • PUBHLTH 4650 United States & International Health Care

Science/Engineering and Society

  • SOCIOL 3302 Technology and Global Society
  • ENGR 2362 History of American Technology
  • CIVENG 3080 Engineering Economics
  • ISE 5840 Market Engineering and Applications
  • ENGR 5050 Humanitarian Engineering

Science, Engineering, and Public Policy minor program guidelines

Required for graduation: No

Credit hours required: A minimum of 12.

Transfer credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination toward the minor.

Overlap with the GE permitted: Up to 6 hours.

Overlap with the major:
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • Each minor completed must contain a minimum of 12 hours apart from the major and/or additional minors (i.e. minors that require more than 12 credit hours may overlap those hours beyond 12 with the major or with another minor).
Grade requirements for earning a minor:
  • Minimum C- for each course.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio.
  • Coursework graded pass/non-pass do not count as a credit completion.
  • 3 credit hours of courses graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory are accepted.

  • Approval requirements:The minor coursework must be approved by the Glenn College

    Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at the same time the graduation application is submitted to the student’s major college

    Minor Program Advisor

    Steve Fink

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