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L&S Discovery Courses

L&S Discovery Courses

LS C30Z / Integrative Biology C32

Bio-inspired Design

Biological Science

Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from Nature as an innovation strategy translating principles of function, performance and aesthetics from biology to human technology. The creative design process is driven by interdisciplinary exchange among engineering, biology, art, architecture and business. Diverse teams of students will collaborate on, create, and present original bioinspired design projects. Lectures discuss biomimicry, challenges of extracting principles from Nature, scaling, robustness, and entrepreneurship through case studies highlighting robots that run, fly, and swim, materials like gecko-inspired adhesives, artificial muscles, medical prosthetic devices, and translation to start-ups.

Biodesign @ Berkeley

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2023
  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2018
  • Spring 2017
Robert Full faculty profile
Robert Full (Integrative Biology)

Distinguished Teaching Award

"Professor Full is fascinating, inspiring, and a god within bio–inspired design. He's humble and wrote half the research papers he references, and he's worked with boston dynamics directly. Very inspiring to learn from someone spearheading an entire field!"
— Spring 2022 Student
"The course was super accessible to non–stem majors, but still super informative and educational."
— Spring 2022 Student