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Environment & Natural Resources

Freshmen Interest Groups


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:

From water scarcity in the West to energy development, wildlife impacts, climate change, and global population growth, solving complex environmental challenges requires creative and critical thinking. In this FIG, you'll learn to "think like a mountain" to understand our interconnected world from multiple perspectives, from local to global; Wyoming, with our world-class landscapes, wildlife, energy resources, and watersheds, is the perfect place to start.  The week before the fall semester, you will spend a week in the field exploring interdisciplinary environmental ideas, and throughout the FIG, you will be asked to think across boundaries to understand and make informed decisions about our most pressing environmental and natural resource challenges.

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

Please note: Students enrolled in the Environment and Natural Resources FIG should not register for the Fall Outdoor Experience (FOE) through the Outdoor Program, as these programs overlap.


Hall: Downey Floor 3 


Please note: This FIG contains a First-year Seminar.  Selecting this First-year Seminar will automatically place you in this FIG which means you’ll be housed with other members of this FIG and you will enrolled in the following courses.

  • ENR 1101- Thinking Like a Mountain: Environment Problems, Interdisciplinary Solution

One of the following:

  • LIFE 1010 - General Biology - Lab
  • ENR 1500 - Water, Dirt, & Climate
  • GEOG 1010 - Intro to Physical Geography

*You will be able to add an additional 1 or 2 courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation in June.

Special Activity: 

Field Week (mandatory)

Week before Fall semester starts.  All students in the FIG travel from Laramie to a field-based introduction to ENR 1101, Thinking Like a Mountain.  Focusing on interdisciplinary environment and natural resources ideas from a place-based perspective, students explore the natural and cultural landscapes of Wyoming while connecting with their fellow FIG members, ENR 1101 faculty member, and Haub School peer mentors.  Scholarship is available, and early move-in is accommodated.  

Early move-in to the residence halls will be  Sunday, August 25. The FIG field week will be August 26-30 with a base at the Staddle Camp near Saratoga, WY. Cost per student is $500 which includes transportation, lodging, and meals during the field week. Scholarship support is available; student can apply online here.

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