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Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bim Kendall House, 804 E. Fremont St.
Phone: (307) 766-5080
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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. In addition, the Haub School houses the Biodiversity Institute, which fosters discovery, education, and outreach to support biodiversity conservation and management.

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 and approaches to investigate and address complex environmental and natural resource questions.

Degrees Offered

The Haub School offers several campus-wide 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)

Program Admission

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 to inspire and empower students to 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:

  1. Foundations
    • Foundations of Sustainability (ENR 1300, 3 credits)
  2. Ethics. Choose one of the following:
    • Environmental Ethics (PHIL 2330, 3 credits)
    • Natural Resource Ethics (PHIL 2345, 3 credits)
    • Global Justice (PHIL 3250, 3)
    • Environmental Justice (POLS/ENR 3620, 3 credits)
  3. Electives. Complete 9-10 credits in one of the following tracks (see below for coursework):
    • General sustainability
    • Food systems
    • Sustainable energy
  4. Capstone
    • Campus Sustainability (ENR 4600, 3 credits)

Learning objectives

A student completing any track will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate a theoretical and historical understanding of sustainability. Student will thoroughly understand more than one conceptual framework for sustainability and be aware of the evolving nature of the concept. Understand a brief history of sustainability.
  2. Explore and evaluate the implications of personal sustainability values. Develop a model of sustainability informed by personal values and integrated into student’s worldview.  Think holistically about consequences of actions.  Ability to intellectually respond to perspectives of sustainability outside their own.
  3. Develop and implement sustainability solutions.  Student will feel motivated and empowered to find solutions to sustainability challenges in his/her own life and community and have the ability to apply sustainability principles to his/her home discipline and professional career.

Elective tracks

A. General Track (Select 1 course from each category)
Students seeking a general exposure to sustainability can select from a wide range of courses to complement their major and career interests. The key to this track is exposure to three different aspects of sustainability, including design, environment and culture/society.


  • Introduction to Historic Preservation (AMST 2400, 3 credits)
  • Historic Preservation and Sustainability (AMST 4040/ARE 4040, 3 credits)
  • Historic Preservation (AMST 4800)
  • Fundamentals of Building Performance (ARE 2410)
  • History of Architecture (ARE 2410)
  • Textile Industry and the Environment (FSCS 4182)


  • Agroecology (AECL 1000, 4 credits)
  • Weather and Climate (GEOG 3450, 3)
  • Global Sustainability: Managing Earth’s Resources (GEOL 1600, 4)
  • Energy: A Geological Perspective (GEOL 3650, 4)
  • Climate Change, Water, and Energy (HP 4152, 3)

Culture and society

  • International Food and Farm Cultures (AGEC 4280, 3)
  • Cultures of Nature in the United States (AMST 3000, 3)
  • Food in American Culture (AMST 3100, 3)
  • The Anthropology of Global Issues (ANTH 3420, 3)
  • Anthropology of Food, Culture, and Nutrition (ANTH 4020, 3)
  • Environmental Anthropology (ANTH 4310, 3)
  • Food, Health, and Justice (HLED 4020, 3)
  • Foundations of Sustainable Planning (GEOG 4310)

B. Food Systems Track
(Select 1 course each from any 3 of 4 possible categories)
The demands of meeting future food needs in a sustainable manner require a critical and holistic approach to the current food systems. The diverse courses in the food systems track include ecological, economic, policy, cultural and social justice aspects of our food system, in order to broaden the understanding of students who would otherwise approach this complex system only through a particular specialization.


  • Agroecology (AECL 1000, 4)
  • Organic Food Production (AECL/PLNT 4120, 3)

Economics and Policy

  • Economics of World Food and Agriculture (AGEC 3860, 3)
  • International Food and Farm Cultures (AGEC 4280, 3)
  • Community Nutrition (FCSC 3147, 3)

Social justice

  • Food, Health, and Justice (HLED 4020, 3)


  • Food in American Culture (AMST 3100, 3)
  • Anthropology of Food, Culture, and Nutrition (ANTH 4020, 3)

C. Sustainable Energy
(Select 1 course from each category)
Students in this track will come to understand the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability and the energy-related issues of water, climate, and community health and development, in order to meet the needs of a sustainable energy future.

Fundamentals of Energy and Environment

  • Global Change: A Geological Perspective (GEOL 3500, 4 credits)
  • Earth and Mineral Resources (GEOL 3600, 4)
  • Energy: A Geological Perspective (GEOL 3650, 4
  • Principles of Wildland Water Quality (REWM 3100, 3)
  • Reclamation of Drastically Disturbed Lands (REWM 4200, 3)

Renewable Energy Systems

  • Fundamentals of Building Performance (ARE 2410, 3)
  • Alternative Energy Sources and Applications (ARE 4470, 3)
  • Solar Energy Conversion (CHEM 4050, 3)
  • Solar and Geothermal Engineering (ME 4460, 3)
  • Wind Ocean Energy Engineering (ME 4470, 3)

Energy, Society, Culture

  • Energy and Society (ERS/ENR 1000, 3)
  • Federal Land Politics (ENR/GEOG/POLS/REWM 4052, 3)
  • Environmental Change (GEOG 3480, 3)
  • Natural Resource Management on Western Reservations (GEOG 4340, 3)
  • Climate Change, Water, Energy, and Culture (HP 4152)

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 year 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 toward 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 or assistant director. After completion of the internship, students will complete an associated independent study for 1 credit.
  5. Research – Students must also complete a terminal project 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 assistant director. A public oral defense of the project is required. All members of the student’s committee must be present at the defense.

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:

  1. Specialization & Integration – Students will complement their disciplinary depth with broad exposure to ENR-related disciplines and approaches.
  2. Spatial & Temporal Perspectives - Understand the temporal and spatial characteristics of ENR challenges.
  3. Policy - Recognize the content and implications of past and current ENR policies.
  4. 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.
  5. Complexity, Risk, & Uncertainty - Understand that ENR problems inherently involve complexity, risk, and uncertainty.
  6. 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.


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