Basic principles of conservation biology and ecology are used to examine global efforts to conserve threatened and endangered species. Students are exposed to a range of interdisciplinary methods and approaches used in conservation biology through a combination of lecture, discussion, computer simulations, and brief outdoor activities. Case studies are used to show how conservation science and public policy work together in the real world, protecting species and the habitats they need. Great effort is made to address conservation of the overlooked or otherwise underappreciated species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants. Well-known and well-liked species such as the Bald Eagle and Giant Panda are also discussed. Later in the semester students choose their own endangered species to study and present information about the conservation of that species to the class. A written report on the same topic is turned in as a significant portion of the semester grade.