Online Master of Science in Biomimicry
The online Master of Science in biomimicry degree explores the connection between biological principles and design. Graduates of this biomimicry degree will 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: 01/10/2022
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.
A degree in biomimicry emphasizes that humans could stand to learn from the various adaptations in living species. In Arizona State University’s master’s in biomimicry online 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.
How does biomimicry work?
Biomimicry works by shifting your perspective from one centered on human-created innovation to an outlook that attempts to learn from how nature has solved problems over billions of years. While technological thinking has expanded rapidly in human society over the last several hundred years, living species have devised incredibly sturdy and reliable solutions through evolution. By turning to natural processes for inspiration, you may uncover new and interesting solutions to some of society's pressing challenges.
What fields use biomimicry applications?
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 will be encouraged to think about how to apply your knowledge to relevant fields such as sustainability, engineering or business. Other related fields include transportation, product design, architecture and education.
Will my Master of Science in biomimicry degree 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.
Online biomimicry courses
ASU’s 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 will 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.
What can I do with a biomimicry degree?
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:
Admission requirements for the online Master of Science in biomimicry degree
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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