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To graduate with a BS in the Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track of Physiology and Health, students must successfully complete all University requirements for a bachelor’s degree. As part of the requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year, the Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track BS in Physiology and Health requires 56 credits of coursework, including the following required courses totaling 32 credits:

Required Courses

BIO 220 Introduction to Biology

This is a general biology course intended for students not planning to enroll in the Pre- Integrative Medicine biology series. This course covers basic biological principles with focus on their relation to humans. Includes public speaking presentations explaining basic concepts of biology and their relation to humans. Includes lab sessions and public speaking presentations explaining concepts of general biology and their application according to student’s interests.

(Lab fee $25) (4 credits – cannot be taken for credit after BIO 260)

BIO 264 Biology III: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology provides the foundational understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintains life in balance and homeostasis. The integrated functioning of trillions of diverse cells, each with a million chemical reactions per second, gives rise to a healthy, vital human being. We will study tissues, organs, and organ systems and their role in maintaining health and balance. The organ systems are the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, endocrine/reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. The human physiology is also a replica of Natural Law expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature. Major areas of the physiology are precisely correlated, in structure and function, to the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature. Professor Tony Nader, M.D., PhD, now Raja Raam, under Maharishi’s guidance, has discovered that every aspect of the ancient Vedic Literature is mirrored by the human physiology. This understanding bridges the gap between the ancient, Vedic understanding of Natural Law and the modern understanding of human physiology and health. Includes public speaking presentations based on the connection between consciousness, Veda, human anatomy and physiology.

(Lab fee $25) (4 credits)

Prerequisite: BIO 220 or BIO 260

PH 260 Maharishi Self-Pulse Reading

Measuring the Impulses of the Body’s Intelligence and Restoring Balance in the Physiology through the Touch of Three Fingertips

Maharishi Self-Pulse℠ Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology to determine the state of the inner intelligence of the body. Everyone should learn pulse reading to maintain his or her own health. Pulse reading allows one to detect imbalances early, before they manifest as disease. Pulse allows one to precisely determine where the imbalance is and how to restore balance. Furthermore, pulse is therapeutic in itself. Just taking the pulse increases the balance in the pulse and therefore the balance of the whole mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter.

This course includes two public speaking exercises. These presentations are graded on clarity; logical flow from one point to the next; inclusion of concrete examples; eye contact and communication with the audience; clear, simple voice and manner; purity of teaching – presenting Maharishi’s knowledge of health; crediting the source; and introducing visuals, including charts or presentation slides, pictures, and graphics.

(4 credits)

PH 262 Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition

Imbibing Intelligence from Food and the Environment – Enlivening Strong Digestion and Selecting a Diet Ideally Suited to the Individual

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. In this course, detailed knowledge of the influences of foods on the physiology is described. Also the influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition is discussed carefully. Different foods are categorized according to their influence on the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body: communication and movement, transformation, and structure. The balance of these three principles determines the balance, strength, immunity, and health of the body. And that balance is greatly influenced by the food that is taken, and the state of awareness of the one who is eating. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance.

This course includes several public speaking exercises. These presentations are graded on clarity; logical flow from one point to the next; inclusion of concrete examples; eye contact and communication with the audience; clear, simple voice and manner; purity of teaching – presenting Maharishi’s knowledge of health; crediting the source; and introducing visuals, including charts or presentation slides, pictures, and graphics.

This course includes two field trips: one to local organic and natural food stores and one to local organic dairy production farm. Based on availability AyurVedic cooking demonstrations are included. Field trip fee: $10

(4 credits)

PH 263 Maharishi Yoga SM Asanas

Vedic Exercise to Enliven Mind-Body Coordination to Support Pure Awareness, the State of Yoga

This practical course presents the knowledge and experience of enlivening the unified state of consciousness, or Yoga, through the physiological approach of Yoga Asanas. Maharishi has revived the essential understanding that Yoga means unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness, and that Yoga, one of the 40 aspects of the Vedic Literature provides the technologies to unfold that experience. The physical postures of Yoga Asanas are traditional positions that enliven the connection between mind and body, consciousness and physiology. When done properly, Maharishi Yoga℠ asanas help dissolve stress and give the experience of settledness and expansion in the direction of the experience of pure consciousness, or Yoga. This unique practical course includes regular practice of Maharishi Yoga asanas as well as the understanding of their specific effects on the mind and body. Includes public speaking presentations on the knowledge of Yoga Asanas presented in this course as well as on the research students do on the topic.

(4 credits)

PH 350 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Training

This is a course to train Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultants. Graduates of the program will be able to consult with clients, family, and friends, helping them achieve higher levels of health and wellness through Maharishi AyurVeda.

The course will provide knowledge of AyurVedic anatomy and physiology as well as the understanding of the role of consciousness at the basis of physiology. Students will understand and apply the knowledge of mind-body types, or individual constitution as well as the dietary and lifestyle origins of imbalance. AyurVedic pulse reading will enhance students’ ability to detect the level of imbalance. This will lead to understanding how imbalance has arisen and the means to restore balance. 

Students will gain knowledge of how to restore balance with herbs, diet and nutrition, aromatherapy, Maharishi Yoga℠ asanas, and other Vedic technologies. Protocols for common imbalances will be given, as well as case workshops. Students will also learn how to obtain and retain clients in their wellness consultant practice.

Includes public speaking presentations on topics covered as well as on the case studies.

(4 credits) Prerequisite: PH 260

Students who started their major prior to the 2014-2015 academic year can have this course as their capstone if they so wish instead of PH351. The capstone for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Health includes an essay and a portfolio of case studies. The capstone essay is designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi Ayurveda. For the Pre-Integrative Medicine track, the essay will include questions to research biochemical pathways of modern medical treatments of cardiovascular disease and other major diseases. In addition, students will build a portfolio of case studies demonstrating competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and AyurVedic pathology; and recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda.

Note: The course is designed to train individuals to advise others in developing a personalized approach to health and wellness based on the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Regulations regarding health care practice and professional licensure standards vary by state and country. Course participants should be familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they intend to be active, to ensure that the scope of their activities does not violate regulations regarding health care practice. Becoming a Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi University of Management makes no representations regarding its economic or other value.

PH 351 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum

Practicing How to Guide Clients to Wellness and Health

This is a capstone course where previously trained Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultants practice their knowledge in the clinical setting under the supervision of experts in Ayurveda and modern medicine. Graduates of the program will be able to consult confidently with clients, family, and friends, helping them achieve higher levels of health and wellness through Maharishi AyurVeda. Starting from the 2014-2015 academic year this course is a required course for all Physiology and Health major students. Previously enrolled students have a choice of taking PH 350 as a capstone course.

This course will provide the opportunity to take the lead and find out a client’s individual constitution and the origins of imbalance based on AyurVedic pulse reading and questionnaires. This direct experience will enhance a student’s ability to detect the level of imbalance leading to an understanding of how imbalance has arisen. Students will also practice the means to restore balance with herbs, diet and nutrition, aromatherapy, Maharishi Yoga℠ asanas, and other Vedic technologies.

This course is also the capstone course for the students of Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Health. For this purpose an essay and a portfolio of case studies will need to be completed during this course. The capstone essay is designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. For the Pre-Integrative Medicine track, the essay will include questions to research biochemical pathways of modern medical treatments of cardiovascular disease and other major diseases. In addition, students will build a portfolio of case studies demonstrating competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and AyurVedic pathology; and recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda.

This course may be taken up to four times for credit. This course will be limited in size, with preference given to seniors and students who have not yet taken this course. Includes public speaking presentations on the case studies as well as on the final essay.

(4 credits – may be repeated for credit up to four times with permission of the Academic Advisor)

Prerequisite: PH 350

Note: The course is designed to provide practice of how to advise others in developing a personalized approach to health and wellness based on the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Regulations regarding health care practice and professional licensure standards vary by state and country. Course participants should be familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they intend to be active to ensure that the scope of their activities does not violate regulations regarding health care practice. Becoming a Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi University of Management makes no representations regarding its economic or other value.

PH 380 Research Methods

This course introduces the knowledge and objective skills indispensable to scientific research. Topics include: the scientific method, logical and practical considerations in experimental design and data acquisition, procedures for conducting literature reviews, selection of research topics, research ethics, and practical research aids such as computer assisted data analysis. Particular emphasis is placed on clinical research design, including proper choice of control subjects and the prevention of bias in subject selection.

Includes two public speaking presentations: one on an original research study to evaluate the research design for its strengths and weaknesses, and another on the student’s own research proposal, including the critique of the design of the proposed study in terms of threats to validity.

(4 credits) 

Note: Students may fulfill all or some of their requirements for biology by having completed equivalent undergraduate coursework at an accredited university and earned a grade of “B-” or higher. Undergraduate degree students can apply transfer credits to cover the general education requirements, electives, and up to half the course work in the major for a maximum of 70 total credits.

Students may choose their remaining required 24 elective credits from among the following courses to complete the BS degree:

Additional courses

BIO 263 Biology II: Molecular and Cell Biology

This course presents the foundations of Human Biology at the cellular and molecular level. Topics include: human DNA and gene expression, enzymes and metabolism, cell components, cell division, and specialized cells and tissues of the body. Students will discover the fundamental themes of natural law in the ordered structures of the cell and the DNA. The DNA is the blueprint of the human physiology. 

Includes public speaking presentations explaining concepts of molecular and cellular biology and their application according to student’s interests.

(Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: BIO 260

BIO 273 Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology

This course presents advanced topics in cellular and molecular biology. The course will include a more detailed examination of human DNA and gene expression, enzymes and metabolism, cell components, cell division, and specialized cells and tissues of the body. Includes public speaking presentations explaining basic concepts of molecular biology to quantum biology and their connection to AyurVeda.

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: BIO 263

CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry

This course is designed to impart the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry, such as atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry, and chemical bonds. For students interested in an introduction to chemistry, and those intending to enroll in the Pre- Integrative Medicine chemistry series – CHEM 201 et seq. – that need initial exposure to, or a review of, the basics of chemical problem solving and concepts. Includes experiment demonstrations as well as public speaking presentation on explaining fundamental concepts of chemistry.

(4 credits) Prerequisite: MATH 153

CHEM 201 General Chemistry I

Topics include measurement and dimensional analysis; atoms, molecules, and ions; stoichiometry, mass relationships in chemical reactions; reactions in aqueous solutions; electronic structure of atoms and periodicity; ionic bonds and some main-group chemistry; covalent bonds and molecular structure. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of general chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. 2014/15 301

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits)

Prerequisites: MATH 162 and one of the following: CHEM111, or placement through the chemistry assessment process, or approval of the instructor.

CHEM 202 General Chemistry II

Topics include thermochemistry; gases; liquids, solids, and phase changes; solutions and their properties; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; aqueous equilibria: acids and bases. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of general chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25

(4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 201

CHEM 203 General Chemistry III

Topics include applications of aqueous equilibria, e.g., buffered solutions, titrations and pH curves, solubility products; thermodynamics: spontaneity, entropy, free energy; electrochemistry; main-group elements; transition metals, complex ions and crystal field theory; metals; nuclear chemistry; and an overview of organic and biological molecules. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of general chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included.

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 202

CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I

Topics include structure and bonding, polar covalent bonds, acids and bases, formal charge, resonance, nomenclature and stereochemistry of alkanes and cycloalkanes, stereochemistry at tetrahedral centers, overview of organic reactions, nomenclature, synthesis and reactions of alkenes and alkynes. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included.

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 203

CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry II

Topics include nomenclature and chemistry of aromatic compounds, structure determination using infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry, nucleophilic substitutions and eliminations of organohalides, nomenclature, properties, synthesis and reactions of alcohols, phenols, thiols, ethers, and sulfides, nomenclature, preparation, and nucleophilic addition reactions of aldehydes and ketones. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included.

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 311

CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry III

Topics include carboxylic acids, their derivatives and nucleophilic acyl substitution reactions, carbonyl alpha-substitution and condensation reactions, amines and heterocycles, and biomolecules and their metabolism: amino acids, peptides, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included.

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 312

CHEM 350 General Biochemistry

This course focuses on the basic chemical structures and chemical transformations that take place in living systems. Topics include the structure, kinetics, and regulation of enzymes; bioenergetics; and intermediary metabolism. Includes public speaking presentation explaining basic concepts of general biochemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included.

Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 313

MGT 230 The Successful Entrepreneur

This course is an introduction to the life of the entrepreneur as told through case studies and personal histories. Topics include the mindset required of an entrepreneur, how to recognize a good idea for a business, issues in managing people and getting funding, balancing work and family life, entrepreneurship in international business and in the non-profit sector.

(4 credits)

MUS 216 Sacred Music, Chants, and Recitations

Diving Deeply into the Power of Sound

This course investigates sacred music from a rich diversity of ancient traditions, including Native American, African, Hebrew chant, Gregorian chant, Gandharva Veda ragas, Vedic recitation, and others. Students explore new ways of musical self-expression through listening, chanting, creating, performing. There will also be readings and discussions on music as a vehicle for communication, health, community, and spirituality. We locate these universal themes within ourselves through self-knowledge — the experience of our own innermost field of consciousness, accessed directly in our daily Transcendental Meditation program practice. Prior training in music or Sanskrit is welcome but not necessary.

(4 credits)

MVS 102 Sanskrit

Learning the Sounds of Nature

“Consciousness is the most basic element in creation; therefore the study of consciousness and research in consciousness, which is offered by the traditional Vedic Literature, gives the student the ability to do anything and achieve anything with the support of the evolutionary power of natural law.” — Maharishi

Reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit is a new technology of Maharishi Vedic Science to speed the development of higher states of consciousness. In this course, students learn to read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit and discover how this practice actually strengthens brain functioning. Students also learn the basic principles of Maharishi Vedic Science, including the recent discovery of how human physiology forms a perfect replica of natural law, as embodied in the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature. This historic discovery reveals that the natural laws governing the universe are the same laws governing our physiology — meaning that each of us has access, within our own physiology, to the total potential of natural law. This in turn gives us the potential to know anything, do anything, and accomplish anything.

(4 credits)

MVS 208 Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic Science

Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic Science: Atma and Veda – the Self-Referral Dynamics of Consciousness Underlying the Individual and the Universe

This course systematically investigates Maharishi’s explanation of the self-referral dynamics and structure of pure consciousness, as being the ultimate source and content of all the Laws of Nature that are responsible for the creation and orderly functioning of both individual and universal life. Topics include the analysis and synthesis of the Nature and range of Atma, the universal Self of every individual; how the fluctuations of Atma appear as the structure and qualities of the four Vedas in terms of their qualities and sequential unfolding; how the structures and functions of the Vedas correspond to the human physiology and the cosmic physiology of the cosmos; the reading of the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit; and exploring the correlation between the cosmic creative process as expressed in the Vedas with theories of the structure and functioning of the unified field Superstring theory of modern quantum physics.

(4 credits)

MVS 240 EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment

EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment: Brain Functioning Underlies Conscious Processing, States of Consciousness, and Enlightenment

Brain functioning underlies conscious processing, states of consciousness, and enlightenment. Students will learn how to record EEG (brain waves) and other physiological measures (breath rate, heart rate, and skin conductance), will learn the brain signatures of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and of higher states of consciousness, and will conduct original research testing a research question that they generate during the course.

(4 credits)

MVS 302 Bhagavad-Gita — Chapters 1-3

The Principles of Dharma, the Eternal Nature of Life, and Effortlessness of Transcending as the Basis of Right Action

This course studies Maharishi’s translation and commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, a work that sequentially unfolds profound principles of human behavior. The Bhagavad-Gita, as a textbook for Maharishi Vedic Science, contains the essence of the detailed knowledge of consciousness contained in the Vedic Literature. Topics include the scope, structure, and dynamics of human behavior; the seven states of consciousness; collective consciousness; and the solution to the fundamental dilemma at the basis of human suffering.

(variable credits)

MVS 321 Reading the Vedic Literature I

Cultivating Total Brain Functioning for Higher States of Consciousness

During this course students will read the classical texts of Vedic Literature in the Devanagari script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. Students will begin  this course with a major division of the Vedic Literature.

(4 credits) Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor

PH 120 Introduction to Modern Psychology

Human Motivation and Development

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the psychology of human behavior. The student will be exposed to terminology, principles, and theories of modern psychology. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics.

(4 credits)

PH 225 CCTS: Examining Health Care Systems in the Light of Cultural Bias

Alternative Solutions to Good Health

Students explore underlying assumptions that make up their worldview. Important health- related issues including stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and others, are examined in light of current approaches to health, including modern medicine and Maharishi AyurVeda. This class includes creative problem solving, analysis of current issues through writing, and group discussions. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics.

(4 credits) Prerequisites: none.

PH 351 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum

Practicing How to Guide Clients to Wellness and Health

This is a capstone course where previously trained Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultants practice their knowledge in the clinical setting under the supervision of experts in Ayurveda and modern medicine. Graduates of the program will be able to consult confidently with clients, family, and friends, helping them achieve higher levels of health and wellness through Maharishi AyurVeda. Starting from the 2014-15 academic year this course is a required course for all Physiology and Health major students. Previously enrolled students have a choice of taking PH 350 as a capstone course.

This course will provide the opportunity to take the lead and find out a client’s individual constitution and the origins of imbalance based on AyurVedic pulse reading and questionnaires. This direct experience will enhance a student’s ability to detect the level of imbalance leading to an understanding of how imbalance has arisen. Students will also practice the means to restore balance with herbs, diet and nutrition, aromatherapy, Maharishi Yoga℠ asanas, and other Vedic technologies.

This course is also the capstone course for the students of Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Health. For this purpose an essay and a portfolio of case studies will need to be completed during this course. The capstone essay is designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. For the Pre-Integrative Medicine track, the essay will include questions to research biochemical pathways of modern medical treatments of cardiovascular disease and other major diseases. In addition, students will build a portfolio of case studies demonstrating competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and AyurVedic pathology; and recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda.

This course may be taken up to four times for credit. This course will be limited in size, with preference given to seniors and students who have not yet taken this course. Includes public speaking presentations on the case studies as well as on the final essay.

(4 credits – may be repeated for credit up to four times with permission of the Academic Advisor) Prerequisite: PH 350

Note: The course is designed to provide practice of how to advise others in developing a personalized approach to health and wellness based on the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Regulations regarding health care practice and professional licensure standards vary by state and country. Course participants should be familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they intend to be active to ensure that the scope of their activities does not violate regulations regarding health care practice. Becoming a Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi University of Management makes no representations regarding its economic or other value.

PH 398 Internship

Expanding the Knowledge of Physiology and Health in the Field

Students observe and work in Maharishi Medical Centers or medical laboratories, schools or health care facilities in various aspects of health care, research, clinical operations patient care, health education, etc.

(4 credits — may be repeated for credit)

Prerequisites: Consent of the department faculty and the Academic Standards Committee

PHYS 207 Classical Physics

Analysis and Synthesis

This course presents classical physics topics including kinematics, Newton’s Laws, momentum, collisions, work and energy, rotational motion, gravity, and projectile motion. The course is an algebra-based, non-calculus physics class appropriate for students in the pre-integrative medicine major. The structure includes daily morning lectures covering the topics conceptually and practical application-based lab sessions in the afternoon. This very hands-on course incorporates Workshop Physics, an innovative active-learning-based approach to teaching classical physics

(Lab fee $50) (4 credits) Prerequisite: MATH 162

PHYS 208 Solids, Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics, and Optics

Unity at the Basis of Diversity 

This course presents classical physics topics including solids, fluid dynamics, vibration and waves, and light. The course is an algebra-based, non-calculus physics class appropriate for students in the pre-integrative medicine major. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and application as opposed to mathematical derivation. The structure includes daily morning lectures covering the topics conceptually and practical application-based lab sessions in the afternoon. The course incorporates RealTime Physics, an active-learning-based approach that emphasizes lab work as well as interactive lecture-based demonstrations.

(Lab fee $50) (4 credits) Prerequisite: PHYS 207

PHYS 209 Electricity, Magnetism, and Nuclear Physics

The Universality of Natural Law 

This course presents classical physics topics including sound, electrostatics, magnetism, electronic circuit elements, atomic structure, radioactivity, and nuclear fission and fusion. The course is an algebra-based, non-calculus physics class appropriate for students in the pre-integrative medicine major. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and application as opposed to mathematical derivation. The structure includes daily morning lectures covering the topics conceptually and practical application-based lab sessions in the afternoon. The course incorporates RealTime Physics, an active-learning-based approach that emphasizes lab work as well as interactive lecture-based-demonstrations.

(Lab fee $50) (4 credits) Prerequisite: PHYS 208

SL—A101 Organic Agriculture

Nourishing Civilization through Safe Food Production

This course will explore how aligning agriculture with Natural Law can be accomplished using the basic principles of ecological agriculture at all stages of food production, processing, and marketing. Students will examine the influence of conventional agricultural practices on ecosystems, environmental quality, and human health, as well as its impact on socio-cultural and economic aspects. The course also includes hands-on organic agriculture production practices such as soil management, composting, pest management, harvesting, storage, s and marketing. Specific management requirements for important vegetable and field crops will also be discussed. The course also explores understanding of USDA organic standards and certification system. A case study on Bhutan as the first country going 100% organic by 2020 will be discussed in detail. Students spend approximately half of their time in class learning principles of crop production and half of the time applying their knowledge and gaining practical experience at the University’s organic farm and greenhouses or other organic
farms.

Course fee: $65. (4 credits)

SL–B101 Sustainability, Buildings, and the Built Environment

The built environment consists of all the things that humans build: buildings and the rural, suburban, and urban context in which they are placed. Buildings, the cities they are placed in, and the transportation systems that connect them are the biggest things that humans build. Designing and building them sustainably is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This course gives an overview of issues of sustainability in the built environment and the developing solutions –high performance solar powered buildings, natural building, the ecocity movement, reuse of existing structures, urban agriculture, managing water in the urban landscape, turning wastes into resources. We’ll also explore how we can use the ancient ideas about orientation and placement of buildings and the design of cities from Maharishi Sthapatya Ved in the design of the contemporary sustainable built environment. The goal is to create a built environment that, like the natural environment, is regenerative, giving back more than it takes. This course is one of six required core courses in the Sustainable Living program and is a prerequisite to other courses in the Built Environment track.

Course fee: $65. (4 credits)

SL-G 101 Permaculture Design

Permaculture Design is a system for rethinking and redesigning of every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. As such, it is a cross-disciplinary design system that involves architecture and building, agriculture, energy, urban and city design, economics and livelihoods, water, and the aesthetic integration of all of these in human settlements. On successful completion of the course, students will receive an internationally recognized certificate. The basic principles of permaculture design were developed by integrating the observation of natural systems, traditional indigenous wisdom, and modern scientific and technological knowledge by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. Through lecture, discussion, observation, field trips, hands-on learning, videos, slide shows, and handouts, students gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to design and implement sustainable systems in harmony with the natural world so participants can understand and apply these methods and skills to their home property and local community. Participants will learn principles and methodologies of sustainable design, how to read the landscape’s strategies and tools for urban and rural homesteads, food forests and orchards, greenhouse operation, natural building and alternative energy techniques. This is a foundation course for the entire Sustainable Living program.

Lab fee: $65 (4 credits)

SL-G 105 Physics and Chemistry for Sustainability

This course covers the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry with an emphasis on practical applications in the field of sustainability. Emphasis is placed on leading the students to an awareness of how a knowledge of science will enhance their preparation for careers in sustainability. The principles of physics that are covered include energy and power calculations, thermodynamics and heat loss calculations, electromagnetism, conservation laws and vibrations and waves. The basics of general inorganic and organic chemistry are also covered. Topics include: the periodic table, atomic structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, behavior of gases and solutions, acids and bases and important biological molecules. The course includes laboratory activities.

(4 credits)

SL–G200 Building Biology

This course examines the link between building practices and occupants’ health and wellbeing. Founded in Germany over 30 years ago, Building Biology not only encompasses sustainable and green practices, but also goes beyond them. It focuses on “building for life,” or how to optimize living conditions by applying healthy building and remodeling principles to living spaces. Students will find out how current construction practices impact the health of occupants and will gain skills to identify, analyze, and solve problems dealing with electromagnetic radiation, high- frequency radiation, indoor air quality, and water quality. They will also learn about natural building and remodeling practices through home inspections, case study reviews, and teleconferences with Building Biologists from around the country. The course looks at healthy buildings from different perspectives: a) elements — how air, water, matter, and energy impact the indoor environment, including health risks and remedies, b) design — what design features promote a healthy building, and c) standards — applying Building Biology Healthy Home Standards.

(4 credits)

SL-G 201 Ecology

Observe How Living Organisms Maintain Perfect Orderliness in Their Physical Environment by Efficient

Ecology is often defined as the study of relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environment. The term has become more generalized in recent years to refer to a set of interacting entities in an environment. These entities could be thoughts, technologies, beliefs, organisms, pollutants, or mountains and the environment could be an individual mind, community, society, organism, planet, culture, or meadow. This more generalized notion of ecology opens us up to understand ecology as something that exists in the universe rather than just a lens or set of questions through which we gain knowledge of the world. In this course students will learn about fundamental ecological concepts, including niche, habitat, community, ecosystem, biomes, biosphere; population ecology; species interactions; energy flows; nutrient cycling; and succession.

Lab fee: $65. (4 credits) Prerequisites: SL-G100 (CCTS) or consent of the instructor

SL-G 280 Ethnobotany

How Indigenous Peoples Use Plants for Culinary, Spiritual, Medicinal, and Other Purposes to Maintain Traditional Connections with Natural Law

Plants have met a large proportion of man’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for ages and continue to do so today, though often in new and less obvious ways. The broad scope of such use is the subject of this course, covering not only food and shelter but also clothing, herbs and spices, ornamentation, medicine, soaps, cosmetics, rope, and rubber, as well as artistic and spiritual uses. (4 credits)

SL-G 350 Plant Biology

The Unity and Diversity of Plant Life — How Organisms from Bacteria to Fungi to Giant Redwoods Nourish, Enrich, and Integrate the Biosphere

How Organisms from Bacteria to Fungi to Giant Redwoods Nourish, Enrich, and Integrate the Biosphere Plants, the source of fixed energy for virtually all life forms, are the principal topic of this introductory course. The photosynthetic groups covered range from cyanobacteria through phytoplankton and seaweeds, to bryophytes, lower vascular plants, gymnosperms, and the flowering plants. Non-photosynthetic bacteria, fungi and fungal-like protists are presented as the great integrators and recyclers of nutrients in the global biosphere. Some basic concepts in biochemistry, cell biology, membrane transport, anatomy, and plant ecology, are also included. The course provides a good foundation not only for more advanced topics in biology but also for agriculture. (Lab fee $120) (4 credits)

PH coded courses not otherwise required for general education or the major, as well as other health-related Sustainable Living and Maharishi Vedic Science courses may be counted toward the required 24 elective credits upon department approval. In general courses cannot be repeated for credit (only for knowledge) to fulfill requirements for the BS degree with the exception of PH 351, which can be repeated for credit up to four times. Course offerings may vary each year.

Note: Students may receive elective credit for all or some of the general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, psychology and other health related courses by having completed equivalent undergraduate coursework at an accredited university and earned a grade of “B-” or higher. Undergraduate degree students can apply transfer credits to cover the general education requirements, electives, and up to half the coursework in the major for a maximum of 70 total credits.

Additional Requirement: Completion of Major Capstone

The capstone for the bachelor’s in Physiology and Health consists of an essay and a portfolio of case studies. The capstone essay is designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi AyurVeda.

In addition, students will build a portfolio of case studies demonstrating competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and AyurVedic pathology; and recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda.

For students who started their major in 2014-2015 academic year, this capstone requirement will be completed during PH 351 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum. Students from previous entries have an option of completing this capstone during PH 350 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Training.

* Graduation requirements vary from year to year. Please refer to the official MUM catalog for requirements for other academic years.

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