Spring Seminar: Shaping National Science Policy

“Shaping National Science Policy” (Bio 362, Phys 202) is a Spring Semester seminar that introduces students to science policy, science advocacy and practical politics. The course is both a reading seminar, where students discuss assigned readings, and a project course. The readings explore issues in science policy and case studies at the intersection of science and politics. For the projects, students work in groups throughout the semester. Each group works on a science-related topic of its choosing and attempts to get Congress to take action on it, by dealing directly with Congressional offices, other public officials, advocacy groups, academic experts and others, as appropriate. Click for recentĀ Student Success Stories. The seminar is three credits. Biology students count one credit towards a degree. Physics students count the class as a restricted elective towards a degree.