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Environment & Natural Resources|Freshman Interest Groups

Environment & Natural Resources

Areas of Interest:

Any UW major.  Areas of popular interest include biology, botany, wildlife biology/management, geography, geology,  international studies, economics, energy resource management  & development, political science, rangeland ecology and watershed  management, zoology, and undeclared students  interested in interdisciplinary study.

FIG Description:

Natural resource challenges—from local freshwater supply to global energy generation, from sustainable food production to wildlife habitat conservation—promise to intensify in the coming decades. Wyoming, with our world--‐class energy resources, headwaters to three of  the continent’s biggest  rivers,  agricultural rangelands, and  diverse wildlife, is at the center of many of  these challenges. This FIG caters to students who want to understand these complex topics and investigate them firsthand. The week before the fall semester, you will spend a week in the field in Grand Teton National Park, and throughout the FIG, you will be asked  to think about  how your education in a particular discipline can prepare you  to make  informed decisions about  our most pressing  ENR problems.


Special Note: This FIG requires a minimum math placement exam score of 2 or a minimum ACT math subscore of 21.


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ENR 1100 - Environment & Natural Resources Problems and Policies - 2 credits [I,L]
LIFE 1010 - General Biology - Lab - 4 credits [SB]
ECON 1020 - Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits [CS]

Special Activity: 

August 24-29, 2014: Field Week (mandatory)

All students travel from Laramie to Jackson Hole for a field--‐based introduction to environment and natural resource challenges and solutions. Hosted by Teton Science Schools, students explore the natural and cultural landscape northwest Wyoming while connecting with their fellow FIG members and Haub School faculty and staff. Scholarship is available.  Students will be able to move into their  residence hall on Saturday, August 23, likely beginning at 12pm (time will be confirmed a bit later in the summer).

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