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Bachelors Degree
in Environmental Studies

What if you could serve a role helping humanity regain a harmonious relationship to the natural world?

Studying environmental issues and sustainability from historic, sacred, systemic, and contemporary points of view, you will have the opportunity as a Naropa University Environmental Studies major to help us heal and transform our connection to the natural world.

  • Develop deep relationships with your inner and outer landscapes through mindfulness training while gaining the skills to address the needs of our human and ecological communities.
  • Learn in a variety of environments including traditional classrooms, Naropa’s green campus, and Colorado’s outdoors.
  • Engage with community partners from urban food justice sites, local restoration projects, and environmental education centers.

Equipped with a wellspring of compassion and concrete skills, Naropa environmental studies majors go on to do compelling work as educators, sustainability leaders, permaculture designers, urban planners, writers, and in other green professions.

Environmental Studies Minors

Naropa offers multiple Environmental Studies-related minor programs in the fields of Ecology and Systems Science, Environmental Justice, Food Justice, Permaculture, Sacred Ecology, and Sustainability.


  • William D. Jones Community Greenhouse

    Get experience in Naropa's geodesic greenhouse, which acts as a laboratory for the application of ecological principles and practices studied at Naropa.

  • Naropa University Food Forest

    Become part of creating Naropa’s Food Forest, a permaculture plan to incorporate additional fruit trees, herbs, and other food-bearing plants to Naropa’s edible landscaping.


Required Degree Credits


The Environmental Studies bachelor's program is 36-credit major out of your total 120-credit hour degree program.

Degree Requirements
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Student Highlight

“Here is a school that invited me to actively participate in my own education through experiential work, community, and authenticity. This has allowed me to find what I hope to pursue in life, and what I hope to give back.”

— Victoria Kasilowski
Environmental Studies, 2016


Alumni Spotlight



Cutting-edge Bachelor's Degree Environmental Studies Courses

  • Food Justice 

  • Green Building 

  • Introduction to Permaculture 

  • Ecopsychology 

  • Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation 

  • Survival Skills




Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand basic principles of sustainability and know how to integrate sustainable practices into their lives.
  • Students will understand the basic principles of ecology and systems science and will have specific knowledge in at least one field science.
  • Students will be trained in nature-based contemplative practices that serve to deepen and enhance their relationship to the natural world.
  • Students will have knowledge of the science and theory of Earth as a living system.
  • Students will have theoretical and experiential understanding of diverse worldviews of the Earth as sacred.
  • Students will have awareness and understanding of key environmental justice issues.
  • Students will understand the history of the environmental movement in the U.S. and worldwide and its relevance to current events.
  • Students will develop awareness and skills to develop and work in community contexts.
  • Students will integrate key learning strands in the major and apply them in a self-directed research or action project.


Jeanine Canty

Faculty Highlight

“I am always astounded by the experiences we share in our classes. By getting into the heart of our ecological crisis, we resurface with profound understanding of our planet and one another with skills to address these critical times.” 

— Jeanine Canty, PhD
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Core Faculty

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