Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource challenges by educating undergraduate and graduate students through innovative, interdisciplinary teaching. Haub School students explore contemporary natural resource issues with an interdisciplinary approach that integrates science, economics, sociology, history, ethics, and more. Students can earn a major, minor, or joint Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in environment and natural resources; or a minor in sustainability, from the Haub School.
The Haub School is also home to the William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, which supports stakeholder-driven solutions to environmental challenges by communicating relevant research and promoting collaborative decision making.
Haub School students are encouraged to integrate knowledge across disciplines to become problem solvers and leaders. The school attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, and prepares them to integrate multiple perspectives to address complex environmental and natural resource questions.
The Haub School offers several campus-wide concurrent academic programs and one graduate degree in partnership with the College of Law:
Environment and Natural Resources concurrent major (for baccalaureate or master’s students earning a degree in any of the university’s seven colleges)
Environment and Natural Resources minor (for baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral students)
Sustainability minor (for baccalaureate students)
Master of Arts in Environment and Natural Resources (J.D./M.A. for law students only)
Most prospective students will apply for admission to the University of Wyoming, and then declare a major or minor within the Haub School at any point during their course of study. To declare the ENR major or minor, students must meet with a Haub School academic advisor.
Applicants to the J.D./M.A. ENR must apply to both the College of Law and the Haub School. Admission to the joint degree program is contingent on acceptance to the College of Law. Current application requirements are available online.
Undergraduate Major in ENR
The ENR major is completed in conjunction with another major in any discipline. Students must complete a total of 35 credit hours of coursework, including: 15 credit hours of ENR core courses (ENR 1200 or 1500, 2000, 3000, 4900, and 4970) and 20 credit hours of ENR disciplines courses, with at least one course from each of seven categories (Cultures & Values; Economics; Environmental Management; Physical & Natural Sciences; Policy; Scientific Uncertainty; and Electives).
The full curriculum, including the approved list of ENR disciplines courses, is available from the Haub School.
Undergraduate Minor in ENR
Like the major, an ENR minor may augment any primary field of study. The ENR core fulfills the requirements for the minor: ENR 1200 or 1500, 2000, 3000, 4900, and 4970.
Undergraduate Sustainability Minor
The sustainability minor is available to any undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming. The minor prioritizes systems thinking, critical thinking, civic engagement, and personal development. Students will develop and practice ethical problem-solving skills rooted in sustainability for everyday challenges.
To fulfill the requirements for the undergraduate minor in sustainability, students must earn 18-19 total credits in specified categories, including:
- 9 credit hours of core courses (ENR 1300, an ethics course, and ENR 4600).
- 9-10 credit hours of elective courses, chosen from one of three tracks: General Sustainability, Food Systems, or Sustainable Energy.
Graduate Major in ENR
The ENR major is completed in tandem with any UW degree. Students must complete 15 hours in ENR courses including 6 hours of graduate core courses (ENR 5000 and ENR 5900), and 9 hours in ENR elective courses. Students will build an individualized program of study with input from a Haub School advisor and graduate advisor from the home discipline. An addendum to the Program of Study listing approved courses must be signed by the Haub School associate director and filed prior to the student’s last semester of study.
Graduate Minor in ENR
The graduate minor is designed for doctoral students, but is available to master’s students as well. In addition to the degree requirements of the student’s home department, students must complete 12 credit hours to earn the ENR minor. Six of these hours are achieved in the graduate core (ENR 5000 and 5900). An additional 6 hours are chosen from a list of approved electives in consultation with the student’s Haub School academic advisor and graduate advisor. Students must submit a signed addendum to the Program of Study (see above).
Juris Doctor/Masters of Art in ENR
Students working toward the J.D./M.A. in ENR consult a Haub School advisor to design a program of study tailored to meet their educational goals. Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits for the master’s degree, in five areas, including:
- Core coursework – Second- or third-year students take ENR 5000 and 5900 for 6 credits of foundational coursework. The sequence is designed to introduce students to alternative approaches to problem solving and environmental assessment practices.
- Elective coursework – Second-, third-, or fourth-year students must take a minimum of 9 credits outside the College of Law. Courses familiarize students with non-law ENR perspectives and approaches in environmental science, social science, and the humanities. Students work with a Haub School advisor to select courses from an approved list.
- Environmental and natural resources law specialization – Students will take 12 credits within the law school to gain depth in ENR law. Students select from an approved menu of courses. Special approval may be granted for special topics courses.
- Professional experience – Typically during the summer after the student’s first or second year of law school, they will secure an internship in an environmental and/or natural resources professional setting. Internships may be unpaid or paid, and are subject to approval by a Haub School advisor. Students will earn 1 credit for satisfactorily completing the internship.
- Research – Students must also complete a cumulative work of scholarship known as the Plan B project. The Plan B offers more flexibility than a traditional thesis in content and format. Students will be required to choose a UW faculty advisor and at least two additional committee members. Committee composition is subject to approval by the director of academics. A public oral defense of the project is required. All members of the student’s committee must be present at the defens.
Learning Outcomes for ENR Students
The primary goal of ENR studies is to add broad understanding of complex ENR issues to the depth of knowledge the student gains in a single discipline (the student’s primary major). The curriculum is designed to prepare students to demonstrate learning in six key areas:
- Specialization & Integration – Students will complement their disciplinary depth with broad exposure to ENR-related disciplines and approaches.
- Spatial & Temporal Perspectives - Understand the temporal and spatial characteristics of ENR challenges.
- Policy - Recognize the content and implications of past and current ENR policies.
- Cultures & Values - Appreciate the diversity of ENR perspectives and experiences, including the role of personal and collective value systems and structural inequalities in shaping those systems.
- Complexity, Risk, & Uncertainty - Understand that ENR problems inherently involve complexity, risk, and uncertainty.
- Professional & Academic Skills - Acquire specific skills necessary to succeed in a range of ENR professions and/or graduate and professional school, especially proficiency in written and oral communication, applied problem solving, and collaboration.