Arizona State University
University Senate
Spring 2019

Senate Motion # 2019-48

Motion Introduced by:  Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Lili Wang, Chair

Date of First Reading:   March 25, 2019

Date of Second Reading: April 22, 2019

Title of Motion: Request from the School of Sustainability – for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – Biomimicry

 Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks to emulate life’s strategies for human design with a particular emphasis on sustainability. The biomimicry undergraduate certificate is designed to address the growing interest in biomimicry knowledge and training, and will be attractive to students across a wide variety of disciplines at Arizona State University. Students who complete the certificate will be enabled to integrate biomimicry principles and tools into their prospective career, develop a deeper understanding of nature and sustainability, and serve as leaders in the emerging network of biomimicry researchers and practitioners. The biomimicry certificate will serve as a bridge between disciplines, integrating nature-based methodology into currently established disciplines at ASU.



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