Master of Science in biomimicry

Applicants to the MS program typically are not interested in additional graduate work in their primary disciplines. Rather, students will have the opportunity to apply their existing disciplinary knowledge to the practice and advancement of biomimicry.

There is rapidly growing demand for biomimicry practitioners in industry. Graduates of the MS program will be able to:

  • Lead in-house implementation of biomimicry across a variety of applications.
  • Launch or expand a consulting practice in the field of biomimicry.
  • Incorporate biomimicry into education for the next generation of biomimics.
  • Develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing global challenges.

We expect graduates from the program to transform ways in which we conduct business, design buildings and products, run governments, provide healthcare, manufacture goods, grow food and educate future generations.

Program details

The MS in biomimicry is offered through ASU’s College of Global Futures. All coursework is delivered online in conjunction with Biomimicry 3.8 — the internationally recognized leaders in the field.

Learning objectives:

  • Represent the field of biomimicry in the world through demonstrated thought leadership.
  • Build a network of collaborators in biomimicry from various disciplines.
  • Integrate biomimicry thinking into any opportunity resulting in biomimetic outcomes.
  • Summarize the fundamentals of the fields of biology, design, engineering and business and their relevance to biomimicry.
  • Integrate Life’s Principles coursework into a wide array of applications.
  • Facilitate the integration of biology into design using biomimicry thinking.
  • Guide design and engineering processes toward sustainability.
  • Apply systems thinking to challenges and opportunities.
  • Communicate and work across disciplines to facilitate the practice of biomimicry.
  • Interpret observations in nature with a functional lens.
  • Create and perform outstanding biomimicry presentations.
  • Create and execute meaningful learning experiences on biomimicry.

The MS program expands on the coursework for the graduate certificate in biomimicry. Of the 15 credits associated with the certificate program, 13 are eligible for credit toward the MS.


Core courses (13 credits required)

  • Prerequisite: Essentials of Biomimicry (BMY 501) 1 credit
  • Life’s Principles (BMY 502)  4 credits
  • Biology Taught Functionally (BMY 503) 4 credits
  • Biomimicry Thinking (BMY 504) 4 credits

Elective courses (11 credits required)

  • Biomimicry and Design (BMY 511) 3 credits
  • Biomimicry and Engineering (BMY 512) 3 credits
  • Biomimicry and Business (BMY 516) 3 credits
  • Human-Nature Connection (BMY 517) 2 credits
  • Biomimicry and Chemistry (BMY 598) 3 credits
  • Topic: iSites Biomimetic Nature Journaling (BMY 598) 1 credit
  • Topic: Communicating Biomimicry (BMY 598) 1 credit
  • Topic: Teaching Biomimicry (BMY 598) 1 credit
  • Topic: Biomimicry Ethos (BMY 598) 1 credit

Practicum courses (six credits required)

  • Biomimicry Case Study Practicum (BMY 580) 2 credits
  • BioBrainstorm Practicum (BMY 580) 2 credits
  • Biomimicry Genius of Biome Practicum (BMY580) 2 credits
  • Virtual Design Lab Practicum (BMY 530) 2 credits

Full course descriptions and academic course calendar [Download as PDF]

Possible outcomes for graduates

  • Obtain meaningful and gainful employment in the rapidly emerging global market for biomimics.
  • Launch or expand a consulting practice in the field of biomimicry.
  • Engage and lead colleagues and management within an organization to practice and demonstrate world-class examples of biomimicry.
  • Launch the next generation of biomimics by incorporating biomimicry into new or existing education programs.

To apply to the MS program in biomimicry, go to ASU Online.