What does it take to become a full-time, professional biomimic?
If you are passionate about the conscious emulation of nature’s genius, and foresee a career in biomimicry through education, training, consulting, and facilitating, then the Biomimicry Professional Certification (BPro) is the path for you
The globally-renowned two-year program will develop and refine your understanding of biomimicry theory, applications and methodology through a mixture of online coursework and in-person sessions, instructed by thought leaders in the field and led by Biomimicry 3.8 co-founder, Dr. Dayna Baumeister.
Each BPro cohort is a balanced mix of designers, biologists, engineers, business people and those with strong sustainability training and backgrounds. By selecting individuals from these and their related sub-disciplines, we foster a truly interdisciplinary learning experience.
The program is competitive and attracts participants from around the world, who are already influential in their professional networks and aspire to be impactful, system thinkers. The BPro Program prepares graduates to address solutions to some of the most pressing and varied global challenges, such as climate change, resistance to antibiotics, toxic chemical proliferation, and fair and healthy housing.
What’s In the Program?
The core purpose of the BPro program is to train professional biomimics to join the leadership of this emerging discipline.
The program is rigorous, but accessible to working professionals. It’s comprised of six, week-long face-to-face sessions interspersed with online learning modules. In addition to the intensive, in-person sessions, participants spend on average a minimum of 10-15 hours each week on the program.
The in-person immersion sessions take place in amazing biomes. Past locations have included:
- Montana Coniferous Forest, Montana, US
- Sonoran Desert, Arizona, US
- Temperate Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
- Tropical Rainforest, Costa Rica
- Temperate Deciduous Forest, North Carolina, US
- African Savannah, Botswana
- Tallgrass Prairie, Kansas
- Mediterranean chaparral, Spain
For the 2016-2017 cohort, we are currently scoping out locations in India, Madagascar, Ecuador, Hawai’i, and Argentina, in addition to revisiting some of our favorite locations above.
The BPro program will change the way you view, build and elevate your career, but also it will inspire how you change the world. Through our small-group “cocoon” process you’ll receive professional development support as you envision your future career and transform into a full-time biomimic.
Upon graduation you’ll join our international network of consultants, educators, designers and inventors–helping to bring nature’s best design strategies into the solution space across all disciplines, industries and practices.
Here’s a quick professional training overview from our students and instructors.
Now an Accredited Master’s Degree Through Arizona State University
To strengthen the value of our professional training programs, Biomimicry 3.8 partnered with Arizona State University in 2014 to create The Biomimicry Center.
As part of that agreement, the online coursework portion of the BPro program will now be accredited through ASU as a Master’s Degree in Biomimicry.
The coursework itself will be unchanged. It will continue to be taught by Dr. Dayna Baumeister and a seasoned faculty who bring their practical experience to the online classroom. But we’re thrilled to announce that through the partnership with ASU, this will be the world’s first accredited master’s degree in biomimicry!
ASU is the perfect institutional partner for this program. In recent years, the university has gained international recognition for it’s academic focus on sustainability. The Biomimicry Center will become a hub for biomimicry research and education on campus and globally.
How Much Does It Cost?
The online coursework portion of the program (which results in a Master’s in Science in Biomimicry from ASU) costs $750 per credit hour. At 30 total credits, the cost for this portion of the program is $22,500 spread across four semesters, with payment made directly to ASU.
The in-person immersion sessions required for BProfessional certification cost an additional $17,500 and include room & board at each of the six locations, ground transportation, tuition, and fees. Travel expenses to each venue are the responsibility of each participant.
Financial aid for the MS is available through ASU. Student loans can help defer the cost of enrollment. Plus, there will be a limited number of scholarships for up to 50% of tuition, as well as research assistantships and teaching assistantships that provide full tuition (for the ASU portion) and a stipend.
A limited number of $5000 need-based scholarships will be available for the BPro portion.
How Do I Apply?
Application for the Fall 2016-2017 cohort is open only to applicants who have successfully been admitted to the MS program through ASU Online.
The deadline for applying to ASU Online for the fall 2015 semester is May 1, 2015 and for the spring 2016 semester is October 1, 2015. You must apply and be accepted to one of these semesters to be eligible for the BProfessional program, which will commence in Spring 2016. Applicants meeting the May 1 deadline have priority over the spring semester (October 1) applicants. Final cohort selection occurs in Fall 2015.
The admission requirements match those for all graduate programs at ASU Online. An undergraduate degree and transcripts are required, as well as three letters of recommendation. (Transcripts and letters of recommendation can arrive after the deadline as long as the rest of the application is submitted).
Additionally, non-U.S. residents must meet English-language requirements. (For international students, be sure to enter “JN” under type of visa when applying or else you’ll get an error message saying international students are not eligible for the program.)
ASU’s admission coaches know the ins and outs of the system and can help you apply. Simply go to ASU Online and click “APPLY” to register your interest. You’ll soon receive a call from one of the coaches.
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Here’s What Students Say…
“The course of my career has benefited greatly from my experience in the Biomimicry Professional program. I received a promotion to the senior management team of our Americas region, and the CEO is counting on my leadership to achieve our sustainability goals, specifically relying on Biomimicry as an innovation and engagement strategy. I’d like to thank Dayna for contributing to my success so deeply. I have learned much from her, in terms of the art and science of Biomimicry, and also as a mentor. I am grateful for her guidance in cultivating my leadership. She has created a phenomenal program, and I am grateful to be a part of it.” ~ Lindsay James, Director of Strategic Sustainability, Interface, BProfessional candidate 2013
Not sure whether to choose the BProfessional or the BSpecialist program? Here’s a comparison.
Watch students reflect on the program in these videos.