To graduate with a BS in the Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track in Physiology and Health, students must successfully complete all University requirements for a bachelor’s degree. As part of the requirements for the BS in Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track in Physiology and Health, all students must complete the following required courses totaling 40 credits:
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 on concepts of general biology and their application according to student’s interests.
(Lab fee $25) (4 credits – cannot be taken for credit after BIO 251)
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 251
Using Nature’s Essences for Well-Being
This course presents the history and basics of aromatherapy. Topics include: the chemistry and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules, detailed descriptions of essential oils and hydrosols (chemical compounds, therapeutic properties, indications), different approaches in aromatherapy (AyurVeda, modern medical, energetic, psychoemotional, quantum, and hydrosol therapy), and therapeutic formulas for balancing the three doshas and for common ailments. Includes public speaking presentations and labs.
(Lab fee $25) (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PH 260 and either BIO 220 or BIO 251
Measuring the Impulses of the Body’s Intelligence and Restoring Balance in the Physiology through the Touch of Three Fingertips
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.
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 longevity, 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: $15 (4 credits)
Prerequisite: PH 260
Vedic Exercise to Enliven Mind-Body Coordination to Support Pure Awareness, the State of Yoga
This 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 course includes instruction and practice of Maharishi Yoga asanas during the second half of each class session as well as the understanding of their specific effects on the mind and body. The course emphasizes students’ experiences with developing consciousness through the Yoga Asanas, oral presentations on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental health and physical health conditions, and the reading of the Bhagavad-Gita, the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga.
Using Nature’s Essences for Well-Being
‘This course presents advanced applications of aromatherapy, going deeper into the modern medical approach while incorporating AyurVedic, energetic, psycho-emotional, and quantum perspectives to allow for a holistic approach to aromatherapy. The course covers more monographies of essential oils and hydrosols, including therapeutic formulas for many disorders and diseases in different physiological systems. Students will learn how to conduct a health consultation. Includes public speaking presentations and labs.
(Lab fee $25) (4 credits)
Prerequisites: BIO 264, PH 230, and approval of the instructor based on evaluation of portfolio of 12 case studies
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.
Learning How to Guide Clients to Wellness and Health
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.
Prerequisites: PH 260 and BIO 264
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.
Practicing How to Guide Clients to Wellness and Health
In this course 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 430 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 portfolio is built based on at least 50 patient encounters (including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision and one-on-one cases) started during the PH 430 course and completed during the PH 431 course.
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)
Prerequisites: PH 430 and either PH 263 or FOR 462
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.
Course offerings may vary each year. With the exception of PH 431, which can be repeated for credit up to four times, courses generally cannot be repeated for credit, only for knowledge.
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 coursework in the major (20 credits) for a maximum of 70 total credits.
The senior project for the bachelor’s in Physiology and Health consists of a research paper and a portfolio of case studies. The research paper is designed to assess student understanding of the core principles of Maharishi AyurVeda.
The portfolio of case studies (based on at least 50 patient encounters including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision and one-on-one cases) is the means to demonstrate competence in evaluating the level of balance, causative factors, and AyurVedic pathology; and in recommending appropriate measures to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda.
The senior project requirement will be completed during PH 431 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum.
Students who started their major prior to the 2014-2015 academic year can choose to complete their required major senior project during PH 430 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Training instead of PH 431.
* Graduation requirements vary from year to year. The requirements on this page are current for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please refer to the official MUM catalog for requirements for other academic years.
This course shows how the dynamic intelligence at the basis of life unfolds in terms of the principles discovered in biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. These principles are seen to uphold the self-organization, maintenance, and evolution of life on earth. Emphasis is placed on the expressions of intelligence, order, and integration found at different levels of biological organization. Main topics are Cells and How They Transform Energy, Classical Genetics, Principles of Evolution, and Biological Diversity and Its Evolution. Oral presentations by students on topics of greatest interest to them are a part of the course. Includes laboratory.
(Lab fee $25)
Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or placement into CHEM 201 or approval of the instructor.
This course presents the foundations of (mainly human) biology at the cellular and molecular levels, emphasizing the fundamental themes of natural law in the ordered structures and functions of the cell. Topics include: Review of the Chemical Constituents of Life; Bioenergetics, Enzymes and Metabolism; Structure and Functions of the Plasma Membrane; Aerobic Respiration and the Mitochondrion; Photosynthesis and the Chloroplast; Interaction of Cells with their Environment; The Cytoplasmic Membrane System; Cytoskeleton and Cell Motility; and Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology. Oral presentations by students on topics of greatest interest to them are a part of the course. Includes laboratory.
(Lab fee $25)
Prerequisite: BIO 251
This course presents the foundations of (mainly human) biology at the cellular and molecular levels, emphasizing the fundamental themes of natural law in the genetic material and interactions with the environment. Topics include: The Nature of the Gene and the Genome; Gene Expression: From Transcription to Translation; The Cell Nucleus and Control of Gene Expression; DNA Replication and Repair; Cellular Reproduction; Cell Signaling and Signal Transduction; Cancer; The Immune Response; and Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology. Oral presentations by students on topics of greatest interest to them are a part of the course. Includes laboratory.
(Lab fee $25)
Prerequisite: BIO 252
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)
Prerequisite: BIO 253
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.
Prerequisite: MATH 153
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.
Lab fee: $25
Prerequisites: MATH 162 and one of the following: CHEM111, or placement through the chemistry assessment process, or approval of the instructor.
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
Prerequisite: CHEM 201
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
Prerequisite: CHEM 202
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
Prerequisite: CHEM 203
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
Prerequisite: CHEM 311
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
Prerequisite: CHEM 312
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
Prerequisite: CHEM 313
How Pure Intelligence Comes to Know Itself through the Child’s Developing Nervous System
Brain structure and functioning constrain what and how a child can learn. This course explores the relation of brain development, cognitive development and learning across the lifespan. As part of the course students observe lower, middle, and upper school classes, and write a paper that ties together their observations of student learning with the details of brain development. Topics include classical and operant conditioning, social learning, information processing, problem solving, creativity, and constructivism.
Prerequisite: WTG 192
This course develops an awareness of and appreciation for the values, life styles, history and contributions of various identifiable subgroups in our society. Activities and discussions will help students recognize and deal with dehumanizing biases such as sexism, racism, prejudice, and discrimination and become aware of the impact that such biases have on interpersonal relations.
Improving Your Relationships by Exploring the Principles of Natural Law That Operate in All Relationships
We live our lives in relationships, beginning with our mother, father, and family, expanding to our friends, spouse, and children, our business associates, our fellow citizens, and on to all the people of the world. Handling these relationships with wisdom, appropriateness, and love is central to our good fortune. The Science of Creative Intelligence and Maharishi Vedic Science provide insights into how all relationships have their source in the self-referral dynamics of consciousness, our own Self — and guidelines for ensuring that our relationships are in accord with the natural evolution of life in accord with natural law. The course features tapes of Maharishi, guest presentations, group projects, and practical knowledge of etiquette. (2 credits) Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103
This course will outline basic principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda (MVS) design, show how these principles can guide the design of a new home and how that design can be authentically expressed as a finished structure through care and precision during the construction process. The course will feature presentations by experts in this field, a tour of MSV homes, and a step-by-step review of a special country cabin project.
Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103
Textbook for the Science and Technologies of Consciousness
In this Forest Academy, students read the Yoga Sūtra in Sanskrit and in English, and learn Vedic Expressions from the Yoga Sūtra emphasized by Maharishi. Students view tapes by Maharishi on Yoga and the Yoga Sūtra. Students have the opportunity to round for the entire two weeks.
(2 credits — may be repeated for credit)
Prerequisite: MVS 102, Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103
This course provides principles and practical knowledge of how to promote good health through proper nutritious diet. Participants learn to select their own specific diet based on their body type and according to time of day and season, to achieve balanced digestion in order to promote optimal nourishment and health. Topics include: cooking method and its effect on quality, the right time to cook and eat, the cycle of seasons as well as life’s seasons, the effects of food on the development of higher stages of consciousness.
Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103
Integrating Graphics, Animation, Video, and Audio to Create Illuminating User Experiences
Students learn to use powerful tools for Web design, Web animation and video to build richly interactive Web sites that inspire the viewer. Topics include: conceptualizing new user experiences; creating innovative Web sites in HTML 5 with Web site builders; creative user interface construction with Adobe Muse; choosing, building and using WordPress templates.
(Lab fee $40)
Prerequisite: basic computer skills
Integrating Medium and Message
This course provides students with the basic practical knowledge and skills needed to create effective visual design using current and critical tools and techniques. Students focus on developing their graphic design skills for personal and professional usage using Photoshop and InDesign. Topics include: digital imaging and page layout tools; principles and elements of visual design; color theory, layout design; basic principles and history of typography; brand design; use of digital photography; and copyright law.
(Lab fee $40)
Prerequisite: basic computer skills
Fast Path to Instantaneous Global Communication
Students learn a process that allows graphic designers to create Web sites without writing HTML code. This course focuses on understanding the graphic design process of converting Photoshop files into working Web pages. Students learn how to create graphic design web templates and easily turn them into highly functional Web pages using Adobe Muse software. Topics include: layering imagery; the ingredients of interaction; creating elegant, highly interactive Web site content without writing code; video and audio for the Web; defining features; budgets, pricing and the Web design marketplace; how to hire a programmer to add additional features to your Web site; communicating with clients and programmers; competitions, awards, promotion, and findability.
(Lab fee $40)
Prerequisite: basic computer skills
Principles of Marketing, Finance, Operations, Accounting, and Human Resource Management as the Keys to Creating Happiness, Health, and Good Fortune in Business Enterprises
This course provides a holistic overview of business for new management majors or students from other majors. Principles of marketing, finance, operations, accounting, and human resources are taught in the perspective of an integrated business strategy and are illustrated by lively examples from videos, case studies, guest speakers, and field trips.
Creating a Frictionless Flow of Communication between Sender and Receiver through Effective Presentations and Writing
Effective communicators are skilled at both informing and inspiring other people. This course provides instruction and practice in making oral and written presentations based on the principle that ideal communication is a frictionless flow that nourishes both sender and receiver. Topics include: word processing and presentation software; library and Internet research skills; oral presentations; writing letters, reports, proposals, and manuals; and the principles of ideal communication.
Prerequisite: WTG 192
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.
Choosing a Career to Maximize Inner and Outer Fulfillment
The course has a practical focus on career discovery and implementation. In the framework of Consciousness-Based principles for success, students consider their own skills, abilities, and objectives, and learn to design a career that utilizes their talents and creativity for maximum effectiveness, achievement, and evolution. They design an action plan to implement their career goals, and then work with the best Internet resources to research occupational interests, business and service organization profiles, and industry trends. Students learn networking strategies, including interviews, and using the telephone and Internet for extending their professional networks. They also develop scripts for introducing themselves and describing their achievements and capabilities with confidence in various formats, writing about themselves in the cover letter, resume, and portfolio, and speaking about themselves and what they can offer to potential colleagues, funding agencies and employers.
Prerequisite: third year of undergraduate study
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maharishi’s Guide to Life in Enlightenment
Science of Being and Art of Living was Maharishi’s first book, published in 1963. In this course, both through reading and through studying Maharishi’s video tapes, students investigate the main themes of the book — Being, the essential constituent of creation; how to contact and how to live Being; how to live one’s full potential, in thought, speech, action, and relationships; and God realization.
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.
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.
Prerequisites: MVS 102 and permission of the instructor
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.
Prerequisite: open to Physiology and Health majors only
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.
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
This course is required for the major, but may be repeated for credit up to four times with permission of the Academic Advisor. See course description above.
Analysis and Synthesis
This course presents classical mechanics topics including kinematics, Newton’s Laws, momentum, collisions, work and energy. The course also runs through thermodynamics and the characteristics of solids. The course is an algebra-based, non-calculus physics class appropriate for students in the pre-integrative medicine track. The structure includes lectures that cover the topics conceptually and mathematically in addition to practical application-based lab sessions. A very hands-on course that incorporates Workshop Physics, an innovative active-learning-based approach to teaching classical physics
(Lab fee $25) (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MATH 162
Unity at the Basis of Diversity
This course presents classical physics topics including rotational motion, 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 track. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and application as opposed to mathematical derivation. The structure includes lectures that cover the topics conceptually and mathematically, along with practical application-based lab sessions. The course incorporates RealTime Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations; both active-learning-based approaches to classical physics.
(Lab fee $25) (4 credits)
Prerequisite: PHYS 207
The Universality of Natural Law
This course presents classical physics topics including acoustics, 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 track. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and application as opposed to mathematical derivation. The structure includes lectures that cover the topics conceptually and mathematically along with practical application-based lab sessions. The course incorporates RealTime Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations; both active-learning-based approaches to classical physics.
(Lab fee $25) (4 credits)
Prerequisite: PHYS 208
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.
Biodynamic Agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming which laid the foundation for a new way of thinking about our relationship to earth and the environment. It was the first ecological farming system to raise voice against the commercial fertilizers and pesticides during the early years of industrial agriculture. In Biodynamic agriculture a farm is considered as a self-sufficient organism with interactions with biotic and abiotic factors. This course will introduce students to biodynamic agriculture, concepts, principles and practices. Students will understand soil as a living entity, soil formation, classification, agronomic aspects comprising soil fertility, nutrient cycling, and the importance of soil organic matter. This course will also cover biodynamic preparations, which are vital in this system of farming. In addition, the use of cow horn manure and silica crystals in farming will be dealt in detail. The role of planets and constellations on plants and farming to attune the crops to the biorhythms of nature will be discussed. The Demeter Biodynamic and Processing Standards for certification and marketing of certified products will also be covered.
(Course fee $65)
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)
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)
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, succession.
(Course fee $65) (4 credits)
How Life’s Dynamic Intelligence Applies the Principles of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Genetics to Uphold Self-Organization, Maintenance, and Evolution of Life
Fundamental to all life are basic functions that uphold self-organization, maintenance, and evolution. This course covers aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and evolution, with emphasis on the expressions of intelligence, order, and integration found at different levels of biological organization.
(Course fee $65) (4 credits)
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.
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.
Prerequisites: SL-G100 (CCTS) or consent of the instructor
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.
The Unity and Diversity of Plant Life — 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)
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