Science and Technology Policy

Science and technology are the roots, not only of our understanding of the natural world and its relationship to human welfare, but also of the constraints on what can be accomplished with the scarce resources comprising nature. Virtually all public policies are grounded in the realities of the natural world and proceed on the basis of constantly changing assumptions about or understandings of nature. An understanding of science and technology is thus essential to the formation of virtually any sound public policy.

In addition to the role of science and technology in policymaking on issues such as environmental imbalances, energy sources, human health, and national defense, this concentration considers U.S. policies toward science and technology itself, U.S. policy-making institutions, and the roles that scientists, engineers, and physicians play in the policy process.

Foundation courses and electives will be selected from the listing below, as appropriate for the goals of individual students. A total of 35 units is required and all courses must be completed for a letter grade.

Students proposing to undertake the Science and Technology Concentration must have a program of study approved by a member of the Science and Technology faculty (see sidebar) prior to applying for admission.

Students completing this concentration have employment opportunities with local, state, federal, and international organizations concerned with science and technology policy and regulatory agencies, legislative bodies and firms dealing with such agencies, including consultancies. Graduate students in science and engineering fields may find several sources of tuition (and in some cases stipend) support while taking classes in public policy, and should review the funding opportunities page for more details. 

The list of graduate level gateway and elective concentration courses may also be found in the Stanford Bulletin. Note that this is not an exhaustive list; students may select other courses for their concentration with the approval of their faculty advisor. 

Affiliated Faculty

Management Science and Engineering
Law School
Public Policy
Graduate School of Business - Faculty
Graduate School of Business - Faculty
Management Science and Engineering
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Public Policy

Gateway Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Daly, J. (PI)
Johnston, H. (TA)
Cortigiani, F. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Pate-Cornell, E. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Tokuyama, D. (TA)
O'Donohue, A. (TA)
Alpert, L. (TA)
Person, H. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

PSYCH 232

Knutson, B. (PI)
Srirangarajan, T. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Elective Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Woodward, J. (PI)
Gragg, D. (PI)
Stasio, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Woodward, J. (PI)
Gragg, D. (PI)
Stasio, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Pousada, B. (TA)
Anderson, J. (TA)
Wilcher, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
6:45 PM
8:45 PM

Bhattacharya, J. (PI)
MaCurdy, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
4:00 PM
6:00 PM

Goulder, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

2021 - 2022
Spring

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
4:15 PM
7:15 PM

LAW 2519

Thompson, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:00 AM

Greely, H. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday
4:15 PM
6:15 PM

Ouellette, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday Friday
9:40 AM
11:00 AM

Lemley, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
2:15 PM
3:35 PM

Valentine, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Sweeney, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Nesbitt, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Pietzsch, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Friday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Eisenhardt, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Valentine, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Malloy, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Trounce, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM