Online Biomimicry Graduate Certificate

With a focus on applying principles of design in nature to address human concerns, the biomimicry certificate can position you to become a leader in bringing biomimicry into your current field. You can learn how to create sustainable designs and how to integrate these in your discipline.

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Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours: 15

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What is biomimicry?

Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks to emulate life’s strategies for human design, with a particular emphasis on sustainability. The natural world offers innumerable examples of renewable, resilient and reliable concepts, from single microscopic organisms to the largest ecosystems.

Drawing on the principles of proven and enduring designs can support a wide range of careers. Just a few examples of industries where biomimicry may be incorporated include:

  • Architecture.
  • Business.
  • Design.
  • Engineering.
  • Environmental Science.
  • Government administration and leadership.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Sustainability.

While biomimicry is still developing into a distinct professional path, its principles can be applied to many areas. This biomimicry certificate is tailored to students who want to augment a current or planned career with the transformative concepts found in this discipline.

ASU Online also offers a Master of Science in biomimicry program for those looking to further develop their biomimicry knowledge and skills in the field.

ASU is the only university to offer a master’s and a graduate certificate in biomimicry in conjunction with Biomimicry 3.8, a leading bio-inspired consultancy group.

What can we learn from biomimicry?

 

Biomimicry can offer valuable lessons about resilient and adaptive design. Dependable, long-lasting and flexible concepts are prevalent throughout nature and proven through time. These ideas are especially important in the human world when it comes to sustainability, which is a concern of growing importance across the globe.

The ASU biomimicry certificate incorporates several learning and support structures that lead to the development of useful and relevant knowledge. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • The biomimicry virtual design lab, which allows you to apply related principles to your area of interest.
  • Mentorship from instructors.
  • Group, partner and team assignments that encourage discussion and critical thought tied to biomimicry.

How does biomimicry help us?

 

Biomimicry as a professional discipline encourages seeking out new models and approaches for common concerns. At the same time, it offers demonstrably successful examples — both in concept and action — to draw on.

Sustainability is one of the most frequently mentioned benefits for designs that take biomimicry into account. However, an understanding of biomimicry can support a variety of goals, from creating more colorful textiles to increasing the efficiency of power plants. Your biomimicry courses will offer valuable context as you learn how to draw connections between theory and practice and implement biomimetic principles in your career.

Who is a good fit for this biomimicry certificate?

 

If you have at least five years of professional experience and a desire to incorporate biomimicry into your career, this certificate may be a good choice for you. As the only such certificate offered by any university in the world, this is a unique opportunity. This certificate is especially useful for professionals in the fields of:

  • Architecture.
  • Biology.
  • Business.
  • Design.
  • Engineering.

Will my biomimicry certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured biomimicry courses

The biomimicry courses included in this certificate support in-depth education. You can expect to not only learn in an online classroom setting, but to also receive valuable guidance from faculty and collaborate on projects with peers. Courses include:

Core

Essentials of Biomimicry


Core

Biology Taught Functionally


Core

Biomimicry Thinking


Core

Life's Principles


Practicum

Virtual Design Lab Practicum


What can I do with a biomimicry certificate?

As a graduate of the ASU biomimicry program, you can be uniquely equipped to integrate biomimicry into your current or planned career. Careers that can benefit from this certificate include:
 

Biomimicry consultant

Educator

In-house designer or scientist

Nonprofit leader

Educational leaders committed to new and effective modes of thinking

The College of Global Futures faculty includes internationally renowned thought leaders and researchers. This group of global scholars brings together numerous leading experts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. These faculty members are uniquely equipped to prepare students to create long-lasting change and develop a thriving future for people and the planet.

Educational leaders committed to new and effective modes of thinking

The College of Global Futures faculty includes internationally renowned thought leaders and researchers. This group of global scholars brings together numerous leading experts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. These faculty members are uniquely equipped to prepare students to create long-lasting change and develop a thriving future for people and the planet.

ASU biomimicry certificate admission requirements

Applicants to the graduate certificate in biomimicry program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Global Futures.

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The College of Global Futures is dedicated to building a sustainable and equitable future for the planet and society. These initiatives are a crucial part of ASU’s commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. ASU has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.

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