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Environment & Natural Resources FIG

Students in the mountains

About FIGs at UW
If you're a first-time freshmen at UW, we invite you to join a FIG (Freshman Interest Group), where you'll take three or four sections of linked or clustered courses for a semester, while living on a 'designated' floor in the UW residence halls with other FIG students enrolled in the same course sections. FIGs are a friendly and fun way to begin life at UW. Instead of making your way through those first research papers, final exams, and study sessions alone, you'll be part of a community of learners, yet you'll maintain the flexibility to be independent too.

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 in Grand Teton National Park, 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.


Students participating in FIGField Week

Late August | FIG Field Week in Medicine Bow National Forest

Fall Semester | ENR First Year Seminar Thinking Like a Mountain + one of the following: 

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

The ENR FIG Field Week is held in late August, the week before school starts at UW. Students should be prepared for full days outdoors. Additional fees apply.

Learn more about FIGs and apply at UW's FIG information page.

Contact Us

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099


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