Biomimicry Certificate | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Biomimicry Certificate

Fully online. Learn nature-based design strategies through courses on Sustainable Design, Systems Thinking, and Biomimicry. Earn a Biomimicry Certificate by taking a minimum of 120 hours in the topic area of Sustainable Design.

Total cost: Ranges from $1,355 noncredit to $5130 for credit, depending on coursework.

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  • Build understanding, awareness, and comfort using sustainability criteria and frameworks, the vocabulary of the sustainability industry, and the processes and principles required to make sustainable change in business.
  • Learn how to create systemic descriptions, create design patterns, gain knowledge of sustainability, and map the impact of our designs and behavior on the environment.
  • Gain a solid foundation in the concepts, tools, and principles employed in biomimetic designs and become familiar with life's principles and how to apply them to design challenges, experience the practical application of biomimicry tools to design.


  • Introduction to Biomimcry: A Sustainable Design Methodology (5 weeks/30 hours); $50 noncredit
  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Design (15 weeks/90 hours); $1305 noncredit, $2565 for 3 credits
  • Systems Thinking (15 weeks/90 hours); $1305 noncredit, $2565 for 3 credits
  • Biomimicry (15 weeks/90 hours); $1305 noncredit, $2565 for 3 credits