School of Energy Resources First Year Seminar: Energy, Environment, and Economics

Professor Craig C. Douglas, 227 Ross Hall

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:15

Office Hours: T/R 1:00-2:00 and F 3:00-4:00

Energy Innovation Center Room 201 (Encana Auditorium)

Course Description

ERS 1101 Energy, Environment, and Economy is designed to meet the First Year Seminar (FYS) requirement of the 2015 University Studies Program. Through focused research and critical examination of diverse information, students will explore how energy resource use and development has shaped Wyoming: past, present, and future. The course will actively engage students in meaningful issues through an interdisciplinary approach to promote thoughtful and informed dialogue targeting Wyoming’s energy resource use and development.

University Studies Program (USP) Requirements

This course fulfills the First Year Seminar (FYS) requirement of the 2015 University Studies Program. Students will critically examine and evaluate evidence, claims, beliefs, or points of view about meaningful, relevant issues. Students will be introduced to active learning, inquiry of pressing issues, and individual and collaborative processing of ideas through the First Year Seminar curriculum.

USP Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Access diverse information through focused research, active discussion, and collaboration with peers.
  2. Separate facts from inferences and relevant from irrelevant information, and explain the limitations of information.
  3. Evaluate the credibility, accuracy, and reliability of conclusions drawn from information.
  4. Recognize and synthesize multiple perspectives to develop innovative viewpoints.
  5. Analyze one’s own and others’ assumptions and evaluate the relevance of contexts when presenting a position.
  6. Communicate ideas in writing using appropriate documentation.

Additional Course Outcomes

  1. Understand the innovative technological advances that have transitioned energy resource use and development (local and global scales).
  2. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to address multiple complex energy resource issues.
  3. Communicate the impacts of energy resource use and development on Wyoming’s past, present, and future.
  4. Collaborate with diverse team members to evaluate and inform a plan of action addressing a key Wyoming energy resource issue.


You must be in your first year of college.


227 Ross Hall

Office Hours

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00 and Friday 3:00-4:00. By appointment: contact me first (I have no office telephone thanks to math budget cutbacks in Spring, 2015).


Craig Douglas

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