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2022 Freshmen Interest Groups

There are 14 FIGs for 2022. They are available on the Residence Life and Dining Application or the FIG Eligibility and Application.

FIGs are listed alphabetically.

  • Building Cultural Bridges (FIG02)

    Downey Hall, 2nd Floor

    It’s never been easier to connect with Dubai, Dakar or anywhere else in the world. You can wake up tomorrow morning in Jakarta or La Paz and/or stroll through numerous neighborhoods in the USA with street signs in: ภาษาไทย, ,ةةااللععررببيي , русский, and español. However, technology and travel are not substitutes for insight and understanding for how we, as a university community, thrive in a truly global century.

    How should we communicate effectively across cultures? How can we find common ground and yet communicate productively about global issues and dilemmas? In short, how can we cross borders, dismantle barriers, and build bridges in regard to global issues and dilemmas? If you are ready for an engaging, interactive, and challenging experience dedicated to the exploration of the peace corps and global issues that surround it, this FIG is waiting for you.

    This FIG is taught by a professor in the College of Education who has much experience teaching English abroad. It includes a Peace Corps Prep within a First-Year Experience course.

    *Classes:

    • EDEC 1101 - Borders, Barriers, and Bridges: Creating Community across Global Issues
    • ANTH 1200 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    • STEP 1102 - Step into College with Peace Corps Prep
    *You will be able to add additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Business Foundations (FIG01A and FIG01B)

    Downey Hall, 3rd & 4th Floors

    This FIG is for anyone who has interest in majors in the College of Business. A high quality and well-rounded education in business and economics can prepare you for a successful career. Business Foundations will give you a sample of some of the exciting aspects of business.

    Classes include Legal Environment of Business, which focuses on business-related legal topics, courts, dispute resolution, constitutional law, torts, contracts, intellectual law, criminal law and cyber law; and Principles of Macroeconomics, which focuses on problems and interrelationships of inflation, exchange rates, national debt and deficits.

    Due to high demand, we have two floors of this popular FIG.

    *Classes:

    • ECON 1010 - Principles of Macroeconomics
    • MGT 1040 - Legal Environment of Business
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Construction Management (FIG16)

    McIntyre Hall, 5th Floor

    This FIG is for majors in construction management within the College of Engineering and Applied Science. This occupation is growing at a faster rate than any other in the United States. University of Wyoming seeks to prepare a future workforce capable of competing in and driving technological advancements in construction industries. 

    Construction Management (CM) is a professional career field that uses specialized, Project Management techniques to oversee the Planning, Design, and Construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.

    Construction Managers should have the ability to handle and perform time, cost and quality management function as part of his/her daily responsibility that also includes project safety and human resource management. This FIG allows students to form study groups with others who share your interests and courses.

    *Classes:

    • ES 1101- First Year Seminar
    • CM 2000 – Intro to Construction Management
    • CE 1000 – One credit VISTA Studio 1
    *You will add either Math 1405 or 2200 and additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Criminal Justice (FIG03)

    White Hall, 3rd Floor

    This FIG is for majors in criminal justice, or those interested in pre-law and sociology.

    Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary field that studies the nature and operations of organizations providing justice services to society. Students study the criminal justice system, its components, and the ways it deals with crime and processes criminals.

    As a member of the Criminal Justice FIG, students explore relevant topics including theories of crime, criminal courts, government, and social behavior. The FIG will also provide opportunities to form cohorts made up of peers with similar interests. Our commitment is to provide a welcoming environment that allows new majors to look closely at a future in the criminal justice system. 

    *Classes:

    • CRMJ 1001- Intro to Criminal Justice
    • SOC 1000 – Sociological Principles
    • POLS 1000 – American & Wyoming Government
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Exploring Animal Science & Agriculture (FIG05)

    McIntyre Hall, 3rd Floor

    This FIG is for majors in Animal and Veterinary Science (any option) or Agricultural and Applied Economics – Livestock Business Management.

    Members of this FIG will discover the variety of degree options available in the ANVS major at UW, and the rewarding career opportunities for which they will prepare you. FIG activities may focus on developing skills for academic success, exploring the industry through discussion and field trips, and learning how to be an advocate for animal agriculture.

    minimum ACT Math subscore of 23 or a Math Placement Exam score of 3 or higher is required to join this FIG.

    *Classes:

    • ANSC 1010 - Introduction to Animal Science
    • LIFE 1010 - General Biology, and lab
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Exploring Energy Resources (FIG09)

    McIntyre Hall, 7th Floor

    This FIG is for people interested in professional land management or energy and environmental systems.

    Energy management issues are complex and there is a growing demand for professionals with a multidisciplinary background. Energy professionals are able to understand and draw on the expertise of engineers and other energy scientists. In this FIG, you will discover how our economy and public policy intertwines with energy and the environment. Experience an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities and the applicability of abstract concepts in real-world scenarios. Join an innovative and interdisciplinary opportunity and become a future energy leader!

    *Classes:

    • ERS 1101 - Energy, Environment, and Economy
    • ECON/ERS 1300 - Oil: Business, Culture and Power
    • ERS 1000 - Energy & Society

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

  • Exploring Geology (FIG06)

    McIntyre Hall, 7th Floor

    This FIG is intended for students who have a strong interest in Geology and would like to get an early start on their career.  In this FIG we will take several field trips to explore Wyoming’s amazing geology, which includes rocks from the Earth’s earliest history to our still active Yellowstone super volcano.

    This FIG will also introduce the essential realities of living on a dynamic Earth from a geologist’s perspective. We will examine how geologic events and processes (earthquakes, floods, land-slides, volcanic eruptions, and long-term and short-term climate changes) effect our survival, evolution, and adaptation and how our life and civilization are connected to the Earth’s energy cycles. We will also critically examine geo-engineering.

    Finally, we will look at the new science of ‘geobiochemistry’, which explores the wonderful nexus between geology and life. In particular, we will become acquainted with how the hydrothermal systems of Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park have led us to a new understanding of life in extreme environments.

    *Classes:

    • GEOL 1101 - First Year Seminar: The Anthropocene: Humans Control of Nature
    • GEOL 1100 - Physical Geology
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Exploring Health Careers (FIG07)

    White Hall, 7th Floor

    Students with interest in health careers will thrive in this FIG.

    Considering a career in health care? The Explore Health Careers FIG is for anyone exploring or preparing for a career as a physician, a dentist, an optometrist, a nurse, a pharmacist, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, an athletic trainer, or a chiropractor. Those interested in social work, public health, or speech pathology would be welcome, too! You will have regular interaction with a pre-health advisor during your first semester, and you will take some of your key prerequisite courses alongside others who have similar interests.

    Special Note:  This FIG requires a minimum math placement exam score of 3 or a minimum ACT math subscore of 23.

    *Classes:

    • STEP 1102 - Step Into College (College of Health Sciences section)
    • PSYC 1000 - General Psychology
    • LIFE 1010 - General Biology - Lab
    Optional but recommended:
    • CHEM 1020
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Exploring Teaching Careers (FIG08)

    Downey Hall, 2nd Floor

    This FIG is for anyone interested in exploring careers in teaching. Any major is welcome!

    Teaching today is one of the most rewarding and challenging professions in America. Teachers need to think about the needs of the 21st century learner and prepare students for jobs that may not yet be created. Teachers need to be leaders, creative problem solvers, and attuned to the demands of society and the community in which they teach. As a member of this FIG, students work with others to explore some of the questions that all teachers and learners experience: How do I become a teacher/leader in my classroom, school, and community? How can I help children from all backgrounds succeed in school and life? How can we make learning better for all students? Join us, and you’ll explore the answers to these questions – and many more! All three FIG courses meet requirements for the College of Education, as well as for the University Studies Program. Student in all majors are welcome!

    *Classes:

    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.

    • EDST 1101 - The Citizen Factory
    • EDST 2450 - Foundations of Development and Learning
    • POLS 1000 - American & Wyoming Government

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

  • Exploring Veterinary Medicine & One Health (FIG 10/10A)

    McIntyre Hall, 3rd Floor

    All students interested in learning about veterinary medicine and exploring diverse and exciting career options available in veterinary medicine and animal health professions.

    Exploring Veterinary Medicine and One Health offers students an introduction to the discipline of veterinary medicine and the philosophy of One Health (the philosophy that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are linked and inseparable) and gives them a head start in satisfying the basic science prerequisites necessary to prepare for veterinary school, other professional schools, and graduate programs through enrollment in freshman biology and chemistry during their first semester of college.  As a member of this FIG you will learn about the diverse career paths open to people interested in the health of animals (and by default, the health of humans and the environment) through reading and writing exercises, discussions, interactive projects, presentations by professionals, and engaging laboratory experiences. You also will learn how to begin to critically analyze the scientific and public literature in veterinary medicine and one health, learn to use available resources at the University of Wyoming that foster academic success, and begin to meet professionals working in veterinary medicine and One Health at the university and beyond.

    Special Note: This FIG requires a minimum math placement exam score of 3 or a minimum ACT math subscore of 23.

    *Classes:

    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 be enrolled in the following courses.

    • PATB 1101- OneHealth: People, Animals, and the Environment - Zero Degrees of Separation
    • LIFE 1010 - General Biology - Lab
    • CHEM 1020 - General Chemistry I - Lab
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Foundational Studies in Art & Art History (FIG11)

    McIntyre Hall, 4th Floor

    This FIG is for anyone interested in visual art. Shared classes are intended for majors and minors in art and art history, but anyone with an interest in visual art can join this FIG.

    The Foundational Studies in Art & Art History FIG offers students an immersive opportunity to take three fundamental art courses during the first semester of the freshman year. These courses investigate composition, observational drawing and the history of art. Students benefit from concept reinforcement between classes and exposure to a wide range of media and practices.

    *Classes:

    • ART 1005 - Drawing I
    • ART 1110 - Foundation 2D
    • ART 2010- Art History I
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Generation Z(ombie): Surviving College (FIG12)

    McIntyre Hall, 4th Floor

    This FIG will appeal to students who seek extra resources to ensure their college success, as well as students interested in English, creative writing, film studies, and popular culture.

    This FIG is for students motivated to survive and thrive in their first semester at college – with a fun spin! Students will take the zombie-themed first year seminar as well as a college success course and English composition. The combination of classes and activities will equip students with an arsenal of resources and critical thinking skills to survive til dawn – or winter break! They will also make connections beyond the first semester with fellow FIG participants, as having a team is essential when battling the zombies of college stress. 

    *Classes:

    • ENGL 1101 - First Year Seminar: Zombies
    • STEP 1102- Step Into College
    • ENGL 1010 - First Year Composition (optional if course has not already been taken)
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Kinesiology & Health (FIG13/13A)

    White Hall, 6th Floor

    This FIG is designed for students who are eligible to declare Kinesiology and Health as their major and are pursuing either the Kinesiology or Physical Education Teacher Education tracks. The FIG experiences provide an opportunity to develop cohesive relationships with other Kinesiology students through participating together in our first year seminar and living together in the same residence hall. The faculty in Kinesiology and Health are committed to making your first year in the division a success by facilitating you to stimulate each other intellectually, and to support each other socially. The Kinesiology and Health FIG will make your first year in our division exciting and fun.

    Special Note: This FIG Requires a minimum math placement exam score of 3 or minimum ACT math subscore of 23.

    *Classes:

    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.

    • KIN 1101 - Kinesiology - Science of Human Movement
    • CHEM 1020 - General Chemistry I
    • PSYC 1000 - General Psychology
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Outdoor Recreation (FIG15)

    White Hall, 4th Floor

    Open to all majors, this FIG is for any student interested in learning leadership skills while exploring the great outdoors.

    Join us for a taste of Wyoming’s wild places and recreational opportunities. This FIG is sponsored by the Outdoor Program and will explore concepts of leadership and personal growth through outdoor adventure. We will explore a variety of landscapes, participate in a range of outdoor activities, and gain life skills that are critical for success as a student. More information regarding specific activities (such as canoeing, rock climbing, camping, snowshoeing, etc.) will be sent to students once enrollment in the FIG is complete. Transportation, instruction, equipment, and food are provided at no additional cost.

    *Classes:

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

    • 1101 - First Year Seminar 
    • POLS 1000 - US & Wyoming Government
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.
  • Wyoglobal (FIG14)

    McIntyre Hall, 7th Floor

    Becoming a Global Leader

    This FIG is open to international students and students interested in a future study abroad experience.

    Gain new perspectives from different cultures while exploring the international community across campus. Sponsored by the Global Engagement Office, this FIG includes a FYS with a focus on post-colonial legacies left by European Imperialism.

    Education Abroad is housed within the Global Engagement Office, so this FIG is a great choice for anyone who is considering a semester or year abroad. Expand your horizons and join this FIG.

    *Classes:

    • Long Walk to Freedom: European Imperialism and its Post-colonial Legacies (First Year Seminar)
    • ANTH 1200: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
    • INST 1060: World Regional Geography
    *You will be able to add an additional courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation.

A Brief History of FIGs

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Since 1998, the University of Wyoming has offered First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) to incoming students. FIGs provide students with higher retention rates than their peers. UW FIG participants have on average 4.3% higher retention rates than non-FIG participants. The reason for this success lies in the three important concepts for a successful FIG: Interaction, Integration, and Involvement, concepts introduced by *Pike (1999).

Interaction includes meaningful meet-ups between peers for activities outside of FIG-sponsored events. Integration includes the connections formed between the FIG courses students are taking. Involvement is when FIG participants attend FIG events and Recognized Student Organizations. 

Information about FIGs from previous years can be accessed here.

*Pike, G. R. (1999). The effects of residential learning communities and traditional residential living arrangements on educational gains during the first year of college. Journal of College Student Development, 40 (3), 269–284.

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