Online Master of Science in Biomimicry
The online Master of Science in biomimicry degree explores the connection between biological principles and design. Upon graduation, you’ll know how to learn from the evolutionary success of nature and adapt this knowledge to human problems. These skills can be used in a wide variety of positions in business, government and nonprofit organizations.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 17
Weeks per class: 7.5-15
Total credit hours: 30
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What is biomimicry?
Biomimicry is an emerging discipline in which practitioners leverage, or mimic, biological principles to find new and innovative solutions to contemporary challenges. This approach is inherently interdisciplinary. By studying biomimicry, you’ll attempt to learn from an evolutionary history that stretches back to the origin of life, some 3.8 billion years ago, and you may uncover new and interesting solutions to some of society's pressing challenges.
A degree in biomimicry emphasizes that humans could stand to learn from the various adaptations in living species. In this master’s in biomimicry, you’ll do just that and examine how life has survived, evolved and thrived on Earth. You’ll study biology, chemistry, sustainability, the design thinking process and a variety of other concepts related to biomimicry. By earning a degree in biomimicry you’ll seek to learn from nature to solve today’s challenges in how businesses are run, kids are educated, health care is distributed and more.
Who's a good candidate for a master's in biomimicry?
While design and biology are central to biomimicry, you can apply biomimicry skills to a wide variety of additional fields. As you work toward your master’s in biomimicry, you’ll be encouraged to think about how to apply your knowledge to relevant fields such as sustainability, engineering and business. Other related fields include transportation, product design, architecture and education.
What is ASU's partnership with Biomimicry 3.8?
The Biomimicry Center encompasses the joint partnership of ASU and Biomimicry 3.8, a bio-inspired consultancy. This center facilitates research and biomimicry education, both locally and globally, with a goal to address a variety of sustainability challenges using nature-inspired methodologies.
Online biomimicry courses
This master’s in biomimicry was developed in collaboration with Biomimicry 3.8 and includes courses taught by one of the world’s top thought leaders in the field. In this degree, you’ll gain experience in biome-based applications, business case studies, biological strategy research and virtual labs. Throughout the program and in your final practicum course, you can tailor your coursework and projects to your field of interest. This will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience applying the principles of biomimicry to your chosen field.
Biology Taught Functionally
Essentials of Biomimicry
Biomimicry and Business
Biomimicry and Chemistry
Biomimicry and Design
Biomimicry and Engineering
A master’s in biomimicry benefits a variety of jobs
Despite being an emerging discipline, there are already biomimicry-specific jobs across multiple industries in the public and private sectors. A degree in biomimicry can be useful for leveraging new design principles and insights in your current field or for working as a consultant. The degree is particularly beneficial if you have some work experience in a related field such as sustainability, design or engineering. Career options include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
Applicants to the Master of Science in biomimicry program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Global Futures.
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