Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy Specialization
Students who pursue the STEPPS specialization are interested in how science and politics relate to one another. It is designed for both science and non-science majors, and allows students to personalize their classes to allow them to pursue specific science policy topics that interest them.
STEPPS is a unique cross-collegiate program that brings together James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Drawing on the energies of these three programs, STEPPS will train you in public policy that relates to science, technological change, and environmental science to promote change, become leaders and formulate effective public policy.
STEPPS offers experiential learning opportunities through study abroad to locations such as Costa Rica, the Mediterranean and the Bahamas and internships with agencies such as the Sierra Club, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Law Institute. This specialization will also prepare you for graduate work in policy sciences, environmental law, science and technology studies, and natural resources management.
Academic specializations at Michigan State University let you explore and strengthen your understanding of interdisciplinary subjects. The completion of a specialization is officially noted on your undergraduate transcript. With advisor approval, courses that apply to a specialization may also be used to meet certain major or cognate requirements.