Arizona State University
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.