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Science and Technology Policy

Students choosing this concentration can study a range of policy issues that are closely related to the development of science and technology, and to their application in different areas of society. Examples are the role of R&D and new technology in shaping the rate and pattern of economic growth, the effect of scientific progress on society, and the development of policies affecting the amount and kinds of research undertaken by society.

Students may also want to review courses listed in the graduate Science and Technology Policy Concentration.

Advisors: Timothy Bresnahan, Robert McGinn, Jim Sweeney

Below is a list of suggested courses. The list includes classes that students have taken in the past to complete this particular concentration, as well as additional classes that may be considered toward this topic. Students may choose to take other courses, though all concentration courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty adviser whether or not they are on the suggested list. Students may also propose directed reading, Overseas Studies (BOSP), and Bing Stanford in Washington (BSIW) courses.


Earth Systems


  • ECON 113. Economics of Innovation
  • ECON 225. Economics of Technology and Innovation


  • EDUC 377C. Philanthropy: Strategy, Innovation and Social Change

Energy Resources Engineering


  • ENGR 131. Ethical Issues in Engineering

Human Biology

Management Science and Engineering

  • MS&E 181. Issues in Technology and Work
  • MS&E 184. New Directions in the Psychology of Technology and Work
  • MS&E 190. Methods and Models for Policy and Strategy Analysis
  • MS&E 193. Technology and National Security
  • MS&E 271. Global Entrepreneurial Marketing

Public Policy

  • PUBLPOL 122. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response
  • PUBLPOL 135.¬†Regional Politics and Decision Making in Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area
  • PUBLPOL 147. Ending Poverty with Technology
  • PUBLPOL 148. Ending Poverty with Technology: A Practicum
  • PUBLPOL 242. Design Thinking for Public Policy Innovators
  • PUBLPOL 245. Does Google Need a Foreign Policy? Private Corporations & International Security in the Digital Age
  • PUBLPOL 342. Energy Efficiency: Technology, Policy, and Investment
  • PUBLPOL 353A. Science and Technology Policy
  • PUBLPOL 354. Economics of Innovation