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Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Melinda Harm Benson, Dean
Bim Kendall House, 804 E. Fremont St.
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

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Degrees Offered

The Haub School offers undergraduate degrees, 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)

Bachelor of Science in Environment & Natural Resources (for baccalaureate students, required second major)

Environment and Natural Resources concurrent major (for baccalaureate or master’s students earning a degree in any of the university’s seven colleges)

Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (for baccalaureate students)

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)

Program Admission

Undergraduate 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.

Graduate students interested in the concurrent major or minor in ENR will apply for admission to a primary degree program at the University of Wyoming. Once accepted to their primary graduate program, students must complete an additional online process to confirm their enrollment in the ENR major or minor. During the Haub School admission process, students will select a Haub School faculty mentor and submit a one-page statement of purpose. Current application requirements available online.

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.

Students must earn a C or better in all courses fulfilling program requirements - including Haub School U.S. Diversity and Global Awareness courses, and degree, major, and/or minor courses.

Haub School Requirements (for undergraduate students earning their primary degree from the Haub School)

Undergraduate students earning a B.S. in Environmental Systems Science, a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, and/or a B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources (plus a concurrent major in another field) must fulfill two courses (totaling 6 credit hours) of Haub School Requirements. An undergraduate degree from the Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources indicates that students are liberally educated, with the foundational skills and knowledge to approach local and global contexts from multiple perspectives. The approved courses for the following requirements are searchable within WyoRecords under the Browse Classes feature. Students must earn a C or better in all core curricula courses.

  1. U.S. Diversity (ASD). This requirement allows students to explore the complexity of cultural identities in the U.S. and interdependence of the cultures. Students will gain an understanding of the influences of categories such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and age on American behaviors, institutions, values, and beliefs.
  2. Global Awareness (ASG). Because citizens ever more frequently encounter behaviors and practices based on beliefs, conditions, and assumptions different from their own, they need to understand the nature and function of culture. Our students should have an awareness of the multiple links that affect the living conditions and range of action of peoples of the world, including international systems of commerce, art, science, sustainability, technology, politics, communication, belief, and justice, among others.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Science

Environmental Systems 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

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of interdisciplinary perspective and integrative thinking,
    a. understand physical and biological components of environmental systems, including the human component;
  2. 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;
  3. apply systems concepts to problems concerning environmental systems and their components, and construct conceptual and quantitative systems models;
  4. 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
  • 18 credit hours of Spheres courses
  • 12 credit hours of Skills & Tools
  • 6 credit hours of Haub School Requirements courses*
  • ≥ 18 credit hours in an approved minor as an area of focus

*may be integrated as part of major or minor requirements

Bachelor of Science in Environment & Natural Resources or 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 other fields of study.

Students can choose to pursue:

  • a concurrent major in ENR, earned alongside an approved baccalaureate degree in any other discipline, or
  • B.S. in ENR, earned alongside an additional major in any other discipline.

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 – Students will understand the temporal and spatial characteristics of ENR challenges.
  3. Policy – Students will recognize the content and implications of past and current ENR policies.
  4. 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.
  5. Complexity, Risk, & Uncertainty – Students will understand that ENR problems inherently involve complexity, risk, and uncertainty.
  6. 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.

All undergraduate students in ENR complete their coursework in conjunction with another major in any discipline. Students must complete 35+ hours of coursework in ENR, including:

  • 15 credit hours of ENR core courses (ENR 1200 or 1500, 2000, 3000, 4900, and 4970)
  • 21+ 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)
  • an approved major in any discipline

Note: students earning a B.S. in ENR with their degree awarded from the Haub School must additionally complete 6 credit hours of Haub School Requirements (U.S. Diversity and Global Awareness).

Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

A BS in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM) emphasizes stewardship and conservation of natural resources, tourism and outdoor recreation theories and best practices, entrepreneurial and business management strategies, creating outstanding visitor experiences, and broad understanding of cultural and natural resources. Students choose one of five different concentrations.

Students earning a degree in ORTM will be expected to demonstrate learning in six key areas:

  1. Leadership
    1. competency in leading and building diverse, collaborative teams;
    2. application and evaluation of ethical, resourceful leadership principles to challenges and solutions within the ORTM industry.
  2. Professional practice
    1. ability to apply and critically evaluate practical, creative, ethical, and theoretical frameworks in diverse and complex professional circumstances.
  3. Communication
    1. ability to manage dynamic relationships and demonstrate best practices in communication.
  4. Nimble and creative thinking
    1. ability to strategically design, implement, and evaluate sustainable and emergent services, experiences, and opportunities.
  5. Trans-disciplinarity
    1. synthesis and application of ecological and human communities, with the capacity to provide wise stewardship and conservation of natural resources;
    2. tourism and outdoor recreation theories and best practices;
    3. entrepreneurial and business management strategies.
  6. Place-based and global understanding
    1. skills to implement solutions appropriate for local environments that demonstrate fluency in global contexts and diverse cultures.

To fulfill the requirements, students must complete the following, earning 75+ credit hours in specified categories:

  • 16 credit hours of Foundations courses
  • 28 credit hours in Core topics
  • 12 credits in Synthesis and Applied Experience including the Professional Semester and a 400-hour internship
  • 19-22 credit-hour Concentration. Concentrations include: Business and Hospitality Management, Management of Recreation Resources, Cultural and International Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Leadership or Creative Studies in Recreation and Tourism (self-designed program of study approved in advance with the degree coordinator)
  • 6 credit hours in Haub School Requirements courses*

*May be integrated as part of major and minor requirements.

Undergraduate Minor in ENR

An 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:

  1. demonstrate a theoretical and historical understanding of sustainability;
  2. develop a model of sustainability informed by personal values and integrated into student’s worldview;
  3. 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;
  4. 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, an 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:

  1. develop an understanding of leadership theories, including leadership movements, qualities, styles, and models;
  2. 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;
  3. demonstrate and apply outdoor leadership competency in a practical leadership role;
  4. plan, implement, supervise, and analyze a high-quality, safe outdoor adventure and/or educational program;
  5. 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 graduate 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. During the Haub School admission process, students will select a Haub School faculty mentor and submit a one-page statement of purpose. Before receiving their degree, students must submit 1) a cumulative learning analysis and 2) a signed addendum to the Program of Study, listing approved ENR courses.

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:

  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. Plan B Writing Seminar – Typically completed in the first semester of the third year, students will earn 1 credit hour (ENR 5890 Topics: Plan B Writing) for satisfactory participation and enrollment in the seminar course.
  5. 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.

Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Courses

Environmental Systems Science (ESS) Courses

Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM) Courses

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