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 on research and development. National security, healthcare, transportation, energy, environment, and much more are supported by government funding. In addition to determining spending, items such as standards, regulations, patents, inventions, and medicines are determined by government policy and science influences outcomes.


The minor in Science, Engineering and Public Policy 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 2040 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: No more than one half of the credit hours required on 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 distinct 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, Overlap between minors: Each minor completed must contain 12 unique hours.
Grades required:
  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor
Approval required: The minor course work must be approved by the Glenn College.
Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to the student’s college

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