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The Pre-Integrative Medicine track in Physiology and Health requires 68 credits of coursework (66 if taking FOR 462 in place of PH 263) as follows:

BIO 260 Biology I: Living Systems

This course unfolds how life’s dynamic intelligence applies the principles of biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics to uphold self-organization, maintenance, and evolution of life. This course covers aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and evolution. Emphasis is placed on the expressions of intelligence, order, and integration found at different levels of biological organization. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits)

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. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: 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. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: BIO 260 or SL-G195

CHEM 201 General Chemistry I

Topics include: dimensional analysis, atoms, molecules, ions, stoichiometry, solutions, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure and periodicity. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: MATH 162

CHEM 202 General Chemistry II

Topics include: chemical bonds, dipole moments, Lewis structures, resonance, molecular structure, VSEPR model, orbital hybridization, molecular orbitals, transition metals, complex ions and crystal field theory, liquids, solids, vapor pressure and changes of state, phase diagrams, colligative properties, chemical kinetics, nuclear stability and radioactive decay, and an overview of the chemistry of selected representative elements. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 201

CHEM 203 General Chemistry III

Topics include: chemical equilibria, acids and bases, buffered solutions, titrations and pH curves, solubility products, spontaneity, entropy, free energy, electrochemistry, and an overview of organic and biological molecules. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 202

CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I

Topics include: families of carbon compound, an introduction to organic reactions and their mechanisms, nomenclature and conformations of alkanes and cycloalkanes, stereochemistry, ionic reactions, and the properties, synthesis and reactions of alkenes and alkynes. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 203

CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry II

Topics include: families of carbon compound, an introduction to organic reactions and their mechanisms, nomenclature and conformations of alkanes and cycloalkanes, stereochemistry, ionic reactions, and the properties, synthesis and reactions of alkenes and alkynes. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits) Prerequisite: CHEM 203

CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry III

Topics include: aldehydes and ketones, carbohydrates, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, reactions at the alpha-carbon of carbonyl compounds, condensation and conjugate additions reactions of carbonyl compounds, amines, phenols, aryl halides, and a brief overview of lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. 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. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. (Lab fee $25) (4 credits)Prerequisite: CHEM 313

PH 260 Maharishi Self-PulseSM Reading

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. (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 or FOR 462 Maharishi YogaSM 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. (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 and 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 YogaSM 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. (4 credits) Prerequisite: PH 260

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 YogaSM 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 A yurV eda.

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.

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 pre-med students. The structure includes daily morning lectures that cover the topics conceptually with practical application-based lab sessions in the afternoon. A very hands-on course that 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 sound and light. The course is an algebra-based, non-calculus physics class appropriate for pre-med students. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and application as opposed to mathematical derivation. The structure includes daily morning lectures that cover the topics conceptually with 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 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 pre-med students. Emphasis is on understanding concepts and application as opposed to mathematical derivation. The structure includes daily morning lectures that cover the topics conceptually with 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

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. 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.

For students who started their major in 2014-15 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 course.

Recommended Electives

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

MATH 281 Calculus 1

Derivatives as the Mathematics of Transcending, Used to Handle Changing Quantities 

Calculus, one of the most useful areas of mathematics, is the study of continuous change. It provides the language and concepts used by modern science to quantify the laws of nature and the numerical techniques through which this knowledge is applied to enrich daily life. Using the mathematics computer laboratory, students gain a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of calculus and how they are applied in real world situations. Topics include: limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, integrals, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. (4 credits) Prerequisite:
MATH 162

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)

PH 120 Introduction to Modern Psychology and Human Development

Awakening the Full Potential of the Human Mind

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. We will track the major historical steps of progress toward theoretical understanding of levels of mind and applied practices for higher human development. (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. Prerequisites: none. (4 credits)

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)

PH 382 MCAT Preparation

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized national exam required for entrance to medical school. In this course, students will have the opportunity to integrate all of their learning from the Pre-Integrative Medicine track and take practice MCAT exams. (4 credits) Prerequisite: Completion of the biology, general chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry courses is recommended but not required.

PH398 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.


Course offerings may vary each year.
Note: Students may fulfill all or some of their requirements for general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics by having completed equivalent undergraduate coursework at an accredited university and earned a grade of “B” or higher.

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