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BA in Environmental Studies Online

Environmental Studies Online Degree

Engage with social justice issues, learn the theories of ecopsychology, economics and politics as they relate to earth-based change and participate in contemplative exercises that interact with the sacred nature of our planet in Naropa’s online Environmental Studies program.

Program Overview

The online degree in Environmental Studies offered by Naropa has different tracks in Theory, Action, Justice, and Contemplation. This degree will teach you how to use renewing and restorative practices to tackle climate change.

Your journey of service will begin with the exploration of reflective learning, environmental sustainability, ecological philosophy, policy-making, leadership, indigenous wisdom, and your personal life experiences. 

You will learn about social justice, ecopsychology, economics, and politics related to earth-based change. You will also do exercises that connect with the sacred nature of our planet. 

In the online Environmental Studies major, learn embodied and mental strategies for meeting climate grief and anxiety to face the challenges of an increasingly uncertain future.  Engage in earth-based contemplative practices that deepen the relationship to the more-than-human world.

Naropa’s environmental studies online program fosters a profound comprehension of the living world. This involves knowledge and application of environmental theories and concepts. Students  learn practices and learn skills that develop internal and external resources required for responsible engagement with and in diverse settings. Environmental justice, leadership skills and applied sustainability principles help students apply their learning in internship and senior projects

Our faculty members are not just teachers; they are agents of change. They employ creative teaching methods and dedicate themselves to solving environmental problems. Students will be prepared to make a positive difference in the world.

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Quick Facts

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Program Format

Naropa University’s undergraduate program is a four-year, fully accredited Bachelor of Arts degree program. The online Environmental Studies degree is 39 credits, fully online. It helps students gain knowledge and skills to tackle environmental problems.

The Environmental Studies curriculum integrates the complex and interconnected relationships of the natural environment, human culture, and personal experiences. These relationships are studied through five interrelated strands: field science, sacred ecology, sustainability, permaculture, and environmental history and justice. 

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Course Spotlight

The Science for Sustainability

Students explore sustainability via ecology, climate science, and systems thinking, understanding their relevance to humans and other systems. Through lectures and hands-on activities, they grasp Earth’s living system concept and sustainability research intricacies. The course highlights challenges rooted in specific worldviews. By the course’s end, students can discern and explain key sustainability components and methodologies. Additionally, they design a project integrating core concepts, preparing to champion sustainability initiatives.


A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of a Core Curriculum (24 credits) and at least one major, as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

The Environmental Studies Online Major includes a total of 39 credit hours.

Online Environmental Studies Major Requirements

  • ENV 370e: Environmental Philosophy and Ecopsychology [Theory] (3)

  • ENV 411e: Science for Sustainability [Theory] (3)

  • ENV 350e: Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation [Contemplative] (3)

  • ENV 401e: Environmental Leadership Skills [Action] (3)

  • ENV 355e: Environmental Justice [Justice] (3)

  • ENV 250e: Restorative Principles and Practices (3)

  • ENV 341e: Contemporary Environmental Movements (3)

  • ENV 490e: Special Topics: Activism

  • ENV 245e: Geography: Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscape (3)

  • ENV 361e: Spiritual Ecology (3)

  • ENV 490e: Special Topics: Contemplative (3)

  • ENV 257e: Food Justice (3)

  • ENV 363e: Indigenous Environmental Issues (3)

  • ENV 490e: Special Topics: Justice (3)

  • ENV 207e: History of the Environmental Movement (3)

  • ENV 253e: Solidarity Economics (3)

  • ENV 490e: Special Topics: Theory (3)

  • PSYB 329e: Approaches to Healing (3)

  • PSYB 354e: Transpersonal Psychology (3)

  • REL 160e: Meditation Practicum I (3)

  • TRA 133e: Yoga I: Foundations (3)

  • COL 450e: Internship (3)

  • COR 440e: Capstone II (3)

Why Choose Naropa?

Advanced Approaches

Inspired by the work of Joanna Macy and thought leaders in ecopsychology and deep ecology, our program teaches about living systems, leadership models, environmental movement history, food justice, and indigenous knowledge. Students will get to participate in an internship course and a capstone project. These experiences enable them to seamlessly integrate their newfound understanding and position themselves as effective change agents.

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Contemplative Methodology

The online degree in environmental studies helps students deal with climate grief and worry about future challenges. Students will participate in nature-centered reflective exercises that enhance their connection with the broader natural environment beyond humans.

Committed Faculty

Naropa's environmental studies faculty have lots of knowledge, passion, and real-world experience for this online degree program. Our faculty consists of diverse scholars and practitioners who inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

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How this Program Prepares You

Internship and Senior Project

The Environmental Studies program has fostered partnerships with community organizations where students can arrange internships. Moreover, BA majors are required to complete an individual senior project in the final year of the program. Students will integrate their learning and launch their contributions as change agents.

Introspective and Theoretical Learning

The Environmental Studies online program is rooted in contemplative practices, offering a pathway to cultivate optimism for the future and a means to process and integrate the challenges facing our world. The degree curriculum delves into history, philosophy, and economics to foster a comprehensive understanding of interconnections through diverse perspectives.

Sense of Justice

Our program is steadfastly dedicated to promoting justice in all its facets. The root cause of both human and environmental oppression is identical. By tackling topics related to food justice, indigenous issues, and restorative measures, students acquire an understanding of their societal position and methods to effect change. 

What You'll Learn


Obtain both physical and mental techniques to manage climate-related distress and worry, readying yourself for future uncertainties. Participate in nature-focused reflective exercises to deepen your bond with the wider environment.


Participate in activities and acquire abilities that enhance both internal and external capabilities needed for responsible involvement in various environments.


Demonstrate knowledge and application of environmental theories and concepts.


Investigate how environmental crises affect marginalized communities and articulate strategies that prioritize these communities in addressing injustices.