This is an introductory, non-lab science course designed for interested students in fulfillment o f the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics include: the history, philosophical paradigms, central concepts, techniques, and challenges of conserving major natural resources in varied social, economic, and political contexts. A brief introduction of ecology and environmental biology will serve as the foundation for discussion of conservation concepts. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.