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Biomimicry ,Certificate

Biomimicry, Certificate

Bio-inspired design, Biomimetics, Innovation, Nature-inspired, Science, Sustainability, Transdisciplinary

The emerging discipline of biomimicry uses biology and imitates nature to design for human applications. Pair this program's emphasis on sustainability with your passion for the practice of biomimicry in your field of interest, and become an empowered change-agent.


The undergraduate biomimicry certificate is an 18 credit hour interdisciplinary opportunity for students from a variety of backgrounds and any major. The biomimicry undergraduate certificate is designed to address the growing interest in biomimicry knowledge and training.

The knowledge, competencies, and skills students have upon completion of this certificate include the ability to:

  • Integrate biomimicry thinking into a discipline-specific opportunity resulting in biomimetic outcomes.
  • Apply life' s principles to specific needs within one's discipline.
  • Facilitate the integration of biology into design within one's discipline using biomimicry thinking.
  • Guide processes in one's discipline towards sustainability from a biomimetic perspective.
  • Interpret observations in nature with a functional lens for design applications.

The biomimicry certificate consists of four core classes, one elective course within the student's discipline, and a practicum capstone course offered through either the student's discipline or BMY 430 Biomimicry Practicum.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in all biomimicry certificate courses.
Core Courses -- 12 credit hours
Elective -- 3 credit hours
Upper Division Elective course that is biomimicry-related and ideally makes a connection between the student's major and the certificate (3)
Capstone -- 3 credit hours
Notes: Students may take a biomimicry-focused capstone in their corresponding major upon approval from the School of Sustainability and The Biomimicry Center.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must have a GPA of 3.00 in order to add the undergraduate certificate in biomimicry.

Students wishing to declare a certificate in biomimicry should make an appointment with a College of Global Futures advisor. Advising is by appointment only, and students must schedule an advising appointment through the College of Global Futures advising website:

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue the graduate certificate in biomimicry.

Career Opportunities

Completing a biomimicry certificate can help students bring about positive change. The unique knowledge and skills gained enhance a student's bachelor's degree and career prospects, helping students stand out in a sea of job applicants. The certificate can complement any career path, whether it's in business, technology, science, education or government.

Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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