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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Chiricahuas and Sky
Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

Night Sky
Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

What can an engineer learn about thermal transfer from the flight of tiny hummingbirds? What can an architecture student glean from the water-capture design of an agave plant? What insights can a supply-management major gain from a community of ants that distributes resources in a way that allows many species to coexist in a small space?
Join world-renowned biomimicry leader Dayna Baumeister for an intensive week-long class in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. Learn how the plants and animals in this global hotspot of biodiversity can inspire sustainable innovation solutions in disciplines ranging from design and architecture to engineering, biology and business. 

Quick Facts

  • July 19 - 25, 2020

  • Experience the desert come to life with the summer monsoon rains

  • Connect with the beauty of nature in the silence of desert canyons and starlit skies

  • Take guided field excursions with scientific experts into the diverse ecosystems of the Chiricahua Mountains and surrounding desert

  • Work in transdisciplinary teams under the direction of renowned biomimicry leader Dayna Baumeister to translate insights from nature into sustainable innovation

  • Earn 3 credits


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

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Location Details

Conservation International has declared the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona to be a global hotspot of biodiversity. Explore the heart of the Sky Islands in the scenic Chiricahua Mountains. Stay at the historic Southwestern Research Station, operated by New York’s Museum of Natural History, and discover how the life strategies of plants and animals at your doorstep can inspire sustainable innovation in disciplines ranging from design and architecture to engineering, biology and business.



Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Open to all students in all majors


Students must enroll in the following course for a total of three credits:

  • BMY 494: A Biomimicry of the Desert Southwest (3)*
*Fulfills the discipline-based elective requirement for the undergraduate biomimicry certificate.  

Students will leave the ASU Tempe campus on Saturday, July 18, and be transported in group vans to the Southwestern Research Station. Students return to the Tempe campus on Saturday, July 25. All classroom presentations and guided field excursions will take place at the Southwestern Research Station and area destinations. A 3-4 hour self-guided on-line preparation course will be required prep prior to the first day of class.
Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson


Faculty Directors

Dr. Dayna Baumeister
Professor of Practice and Director of the Biomimicry Center at ASU
Office: Design South, Room 126
Phone: 406.543.4108

Adelheid Fischer
Assistant Director of the Biomimicry Center at ASU
Office: Design South, Room 126

Fall Colors
Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson


Photo Credit: Anthony Donaldson

Program Housing

Accommodations at the Southwestern Research Station include shared housing and cafeteria-style meals. Students will be transported to field sites via group vans. Includes moderate hiking to field sites.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.  This program, in particular, includes a great deal of walking.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the urban and suburban United States.  This program includes multiple field excursions on desert trails with uneven terrain and elevation gains.  Facilities have variable degrees of paved access and include stairs.  

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $2,150.

Program Fee includes: three credit hours of tuition, accommodations, meals, excursions and cultural activities, and ASU faculty support.
The Program Fee does not include: airfare, books, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Program

Participating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Office Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020
Rolling Admission 07/19/2020 07/25/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.