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 bachelor of science degree in environmental systems science (ESS); a concurrent major in environment and natural resources (ENR); a minor in ENR; a minor in sustainability; a minor in outdoor leadership; or a joint juris doctor/master of arts degree in ENR 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 an undergraduate degree, several campus-wide concurrent academic programs and a graduate degree in partnership with the College of Law:
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Science (for baccalaureate students)
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)
Outdoor Leadership 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 a major or minor, students must meet with a Haub School academic advisor.
Applicants to the J.D./M.A. in 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.
More information, including complete curricula for each academic offering, is available from the Haub School.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Science (formerly Earth Systems Science)
Environmental System Science (ESS) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in environmental science, focusing on the interactions between the various components of Earth and environmental systems, including the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and anthrosphere.
Students earning a B.S. in environmental systems science will
- demonstrate a knowledge of interdisciplinary perspective and integrative thinking,
a. understand physical and biological components of environmental systems, including the human component;
- design, conduct, and interpret scientific investigations,
a. understand the ethics of scientific investigation,
b. demonstrate proficiency in data collection, statistical analysis, and use of information technology tools and modeling;
- apply systems concepts to problems concerning environmental systems and their components, and construct conceptual and quantitative systems models;
- examine spatial, temporal, and spatial-temporal patterns in environmental systems, and use information technology tools to depict, project, and communicate such patterns.
Students earning a B.S. degree in ESS complete coursework including:
- 23 credit hours of Foundations courses
- 15 credit hours of Spheres courses
- 12 credit hours of Skills & Tools
- ≥ 18 credit hours in an approved minor as an area of focus
Undergraduate Major in ENR
The primary goal of ENR studies is to gain depth and breadth of understanding in interdisciplinary studies that address complex ENR issues and to integrate that understanding with the student’s primary field of study. 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 – Students will understand the temporal and spatial characteristics of ENR challenges.
- Policy – Students will recognize the content and implications of past and current ENR policies.
- Cultures & Values – Students will 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 – Students will understand that ENR problems inherently involve complexity, risk, and uncertainty.
- Professional & Academic Skills – Students will 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.
The ENR major is completed in conjunction with another major in any discipline. Students must complete 35 hours of coursework, including:
- 15 credit hours of ENR core courses (ENR 1200 or 1500, 2000, 3000, 4900, and 4970)
- 20 credit hours of ENR disciplines courses, with at least one course from each of the seven categories (Cultures & Values; Economics; Environmental Management; Physical & Natural Sciences; Policy; Scientific Uncertainty; and Electives)
Undergraduate Minor in ENR
Like the major, and ENR minor may accompany any primary field of study. The ENR core, plus one elective course, fulfills the 18 credit hour requirement for the minor: ENR 1200 or 1500, 2000, 3000, 4900, 4970, and one elective.
Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability
The sustainability minor is available to any undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming. The minor prioritizes systems thinking, civic engagement, and personal development rooted in sustainability for everyday challenges.
Students completing any track of the sustainability minor will be expected to:
- demonstrate a theoretical and historical understanding of sustainability;
- develop a model of sustainability informed by personal values and integrated into student’s worldview;
- think holistically about consequences of actions and intellectually respond to perspectives of sustainability outside their own, as well as explore and evaluate the implications of sustainability values;
- develop and implement sustainability solutions in their community and have the ability to apply sustainability principles to a range of disciplines and professional settings.
To fulfill the requirements for the minor, students must earn 18 credits in specified categories:
- 9 credit hours of core courses (ENR 1300, and ethics course, and ENR 4600)
- 9-10 credit hours of elective courses, chosen to fulfill a track: General Sustainability, Food Systems, or Sustainable Energy
Undergraduate Minor in Outdoor Leadership
The outdoor leadership minor is available to any undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming. Students earning the minor will study leadership, ethics, field ecology, outdoor recreation, and wilderness medicine.
Students earning a minor in outdoor leadership will:
- develop an understanding of leadership theories, including leadership movements, qualities, styles, and models;
- identify and evaluate the cultural and environmental dimensions of outdoor leadership, including moral and ethical responsibilities, the fundamentals of ecological systems, and the human impact on the natural world;
- demonstrate and apply outdoor leadership competency in a practical leadership role;
- plan, implement, supervise, and analyze a high-quality, safe outdoor adventure and/or educational program;
- earn and maintain a professional certification of Wilderness First Responder.
To fulfill the requirements, students must complete the following, earning 18 credits in specified categories:
- 6-7 credit hours of Foundations courses (ENR 2800 and an introductory environmental science course)
- 9 credit hours of Concepts courses (≥ 2 credits each from Field Ecology, Leadership, and Ethics)
- 3 credit hours of Applied Field Experience (Wyoming Conservation Corps, NOLS, or Internship)
- Current Wilderness First Responder with CPR Certification
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 academic 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/Master of Arts 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 defense. Students will earn 2 credits as they conduct their Plan B research.