Biomimicry thinking

A skill set for the 21st century

How can humans create conditions that are generous—not disruptive—to future generations of life on Earth? That’s the grand challenge for the 21st century.

Biomimicry is both a philosophy and a methodology for meeting the challenge.

The practice of biomimicry is interdisciplinary by nature—requiring the expertise not only of biologists, but also of engineers, designers, social scientists, humanists, business professionals and artists. The Biomimicry Center offers educational programs for students and professionals across disciplines to learn to create sustainable solutions by answering the question: What would nature do? 

We look to biological systems and organisms as models for solving functional challenges like food production, shelter and transportation. These models have been refined over billions of years of evolution. They are optimized for resource efficiency. And they are non-toxic. Day-in and day-out they function seamlessly within their ecosystems—the ecosystems to which we also belong.

Biomimicry thinking is a skill set that will allow you to contribute to solutions designed to fit within their ecosytems. And as a methodology for sustainable design, systems-thinking, creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration, it will prepare you for a 21st century career.

The Biomimicry Center currently offers two graduate-level programs online, with additional on-campus programs in development. Click on a program below to learn more.

Non-degree seeking students

Students who are interested in exploring whether these programs are right for them are welcome to enroll in BMY 501 as a non-degree student. If you opt to continue on as a degree-seeking student, your successful completion of BMY 501 can be transferred towards your program requirements. Other BMY courses are not open to non-degree seeking students at this time.

Not sure if this is the right program for you?

Watch the first video below for expectations and an overview of the Biomimicry Program. Also, watch the videos following to listen from our current students and alumni about their experiences.