Courses / Degree Requirements for the PhD in Physiology
To graduate with a PhD in Physiology, students must successfully complete:
- All general requirements for a PhD degree
- Core curriculum, elective courses, dissertation proposal, and dissertation research as follows:
- Four credit hours of research methods (may be fulfilled with bachelor or master level course, transfer credit, tutorial, or directed study)
- Four credit hours of biostatistics (may be fulfilled with bachelor or master level course, transfer credit, tutorial, or directed study)
PH 260: Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Self-Pulse Reading for Good Health (4 credits)
Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $10
PH 262: Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition (4 credits)
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance of the three doshas–the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include: influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica)–Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises, as well as two field trips: one to local organic and natural food stores, and one to a local organic dairy production farm. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Field trip fee: $20; Materials fee: $20. Prerequisite: PH 260
PH 263: Maharishi Yoga Asanas (4 credits)
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas–another aspect of this course–provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10
PhD Candidate status
Upon successful completion of this core curriculum, students will be advanced to PhD Candidate status. Students will then write their dissertation proposal.
PH 700: Dissertation Proposal Preparation with formal defense before faculty (8 credits)
Each student selects a dissertation committee and submits a dissertation topic to the graduate faculty for approval. Following acceptance of the dissertation topic, the student prepares the dissertation research proposal, which is evaluated by the dissertation committee. (8 credits per semester—may be repeated for credit until dissertation is completed). Prerequisites: PhD candidate status and consent of the dissertation advisor.
PhD Researcher status
Upon successful completion of PH 700, which culminates with the written proposal, students will advance to the PhD Researcher status and then enroll in:
PH 701: Dissertation Research (8 credits)
Students conduct original research and prepare their dissertations during their third and fourth years in the program. Any changes in dissertation topic must be approved by the dissertation committee. (8 credits per semester—may be repeated for credit until dissertation is completed) Prerequisites: approval of the dissertation proposal and consent of the dissertation committee.
Awarding of PhD degree
The PhD degree will be awarded to a PhD Researcher once the following steps have been completed:
- Presentation of the dissertation findings in a formal lecture with an open public forum for discussion.
- Acceptance of the dissertation by the Graduate School and the Library.