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Environment & Natural Resources

First-Year Interest Groups

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About the ENR FIG

FIG Sponsor:

Maggie Bourque

FIG Capacity:


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 studies.

FIG Description:

From water in the West to wildlife management, energy development, climate change, and global population growth, understanding complex environmental ideas requires creative and critical thinking. In this FIG, you'll learn to "think like a mountain" to understand our interconnected world from multiple perspectives, and from local to global scales; 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 beginning to think like a mountain in the mountains—exploring interdisciplinary environmental ideas. Throughout the FIG, you will be asked to think across boundaries to better understand our most pressing environmental and natural resource challenges.

Special Notes: 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.

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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.

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

One of the following:

  • LIFE 1010 - General Biology - Lab - requires a minimum math placement exam score of 2 or a minimum ACT math subscore of 21  
  • 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 date and exact fieldtrip dates will be verified in the spring semester. The working dates for the FIG field week is August 17-21, 2020. The base camp is 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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