This course serves as an introduction to the science of conservation. Topics will include human population growth, climate change, energy issues, air and water pollution, ecosystem management, biological diversity, and agriculture. We will examine Earth’s physical resources focusing on a basic scientific understanding of each resource, natural versus human-induced changes associated with these resources, and long term estimates of resource availability and/or sustainability. Most importantly, we will discuss competing and alternative viewpoints associated with many of these issues. Most course material is available through SU’s D2L platform (access via my.ship.eduEss 108 Syllabus) but you can download a recent .