Undergraduate Embedded Certificate in Biologically Inspired Design

Certificates are available in the following areas of concentration:

For more information about Biological Sciences certificates, click here.

Program of Study

Certificate programs in Biology and Physiology are available to students from any major. For Biology majors, the Certificate program is a way of customizing your Biology Electives to focus on a particular concentration in biology. For other majors, a Biology or Physiology certificate is a way of enhancing your degree to include an emphasis in biological concepts. Each certificate requires 12 credit hours of approved courses from that certificate’s list, at least 9 of which must be at the 3000 level or higher. All courses counting toward the certificate must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Major electives can be counted toward certificates, but courses required by name and number in a student’s major program of study will not be counted toward certificates. While students may complete more than one certificate, they may not double-count courses towards more than one certificate or minor. Non-Biology majors are required to include at least 9 credits of BIOL coursework for their certificate, except in the case of the Physiology certificate. Further information is available from School of Biological Sciences advisors.

To declare a certificate in Biology, select 12 credits that correspond to the desired certificate. Approved courses are listed below by certificate title. Students must also complete and submit a certificate application two weeks prior to the end of their last term.

For non-Biology majors:
Additional courses that can count towards any Biological Sciences certificate (with the exception of the Physiology certificate): BIOL 1510/1511, BIOL 1520/1521, BIOL 2335/2337, BIOL 2344/2345, BIOL 3450 (as long as these courses are not required for the major program of study, and only up to 3 credits of courses at the 1xxx-2xxx level can count). At least 9 credits of BIOL coursework are required for each certificate.

New special topics courses may be added to relevant biology certificates with approval from the School of Biological Sciences. Contact a Biology advisor to request approval.

BIOL/ISYE/MSE/ME 4740Biologically Inspired Design3
Three (3) from the following:9
Funadmentals of Anatomy
Human Physiology
Plant Physiology
Developmental Biology
Sensory Ecology
General Animal Physiology I
Behavioral Biology
Introductory Neuroscience
BIOL 4803
Urban Ecology
BIOL 4803
Vertebrate Biology
BIOL 4802/MSE 4802
Bioinspired materials design
Introduction to Visual Arts
Systems Physiology
Quantitative Engineering Physiology Laboratory I
Neuroengineering Fundamentals
Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Introductory Neuroscience
Biofluid Mechanics
Biosolid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics
Materials Selection and Design
Total Credit Hours12