Are you a change-agent passionate about learning from the world of biology and its applications to human design?


Classes will vary between 7.5, 12 and 15 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks to emulate life’s strategies for human design with a particular emphasis on sustainability. This Certificate in Biomimicry, delivered completely online, is designed to enable you to integrate biomimicry principles and tools into your current or planned profession, and serve as a leader in the emerging network of biomimicry researchers and practitioners.

The coursework is focused on the tools and methodologies of biomimicry in the context of how they can be integrated into a wide variety of disciplines and industries. Unlike many graduate programs, which deepen the thinking within one’s discipline, this certificate provides the opportunity for you to create a hybrid of your current discipline with biomimicry. You will have dedicated time and mentorship from biomimicry experts, peers and instructors to explore the application of core fundamentals in your own discipline, field, or area of interest during the “Biomimicry Virtual Design Lab”. As such, you will benefit the most from the training with at least a few years of experience in a specific discipline.

The graduate certificate in Biomimicry is offered at ASU through The Biomimicry Center and the School of Life Sciences, in conjunction with Biomimicry 3.8, the globally renowned thought leaders in this emerging field.

The School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences innovates education by hosting concentrations which compliment unique career tracks. Here, students can pursue their passion and initiate innovation in areas of need.

  • No. 21 in the world for biological sciences on the Quacquarelli Symonds list
  • Undergraduate student research opportunities
  • More students from School of Life Sciences are accepted into medical school than any other college within ASU
  • Hosts use-inspired research centers like the Biomimicry Center
  • Graduates enter into fields where growth opportunity has been identified for years to come


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The Biomimicry Certificate program is taught exclusively by Certified Biomimicry Professionals with directly applicable field experience matched with the appropriate disciplinary background for the courses. Program founder, Dr. Dayna Baumeister, teaches two of the three core courses. The culminating experience course is facilitated by Michelle Fehler, but is supported by a team of faculty of the students choosing depending on their individual project.

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Related Careers

Graduates of the certificate program are equipped to uniquely bring biomimicry to their current careers and discipline. This added value and perspective helps graduates secure jobs in the general career path of their prior training and education, as it brings a unique and highly desired complementary skill to the employer.


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Graduate admissions application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Fill out and upload questionnaire
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Your letters of recommendation should come from current/former professors and/or supervisors. Colleagues, classmates, and family friends are generally not considered as good candidates for letters of recommendation.

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