Courses / Degree Requirements for the BA in Ayurveda Wellness
To graduate with a BA in Ayurveda Wellness, students must successfully complete:
Required Core Curriculum (16 credits):
BIO 220: Introduction to Biology (4 credits)
This introductory biology course is intended to give students a broad overview of biology and understanding of the basic biological principles with respect to humans. It is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental terms, concepts, and principles of human biology. The course includes topics about foundational concepts like: the structure of cells; transport across membranes; and structure and functions of human musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, and other organ systems. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. The understanding that cells in human physiology are a replica of natural law expressed in the ancient Veda and Vedic Literature will be explored in this course. Includes a written assignment and a public speaking exercise, in which students are required to explain the basic concepts of biology and their relation to humans. Lab sessions on the basic concepts of general biology and their application are included. Lab fee: $25 (cannot be taken for credit after BIO 251)
PH 260: Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Self-Pulse Reading for Good Health (4 credits)
Self-Pulse Reading is the most ancient and most natural means of determining the level of balance or imbalance in the mind and body. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. This course presents Maharishi’s revival of this ancient technology. In this course students will learn how to read their pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance. This course includes public speaking exercises. Materials fee: $10
BIO 265: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of a two-course series exploring the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems, as well as relevant medical terminology. This course provides understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintains 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. Students will study tissues, organs, and organ systems and their role in maintaining health and balance. Tony Nader, MD, PhD discovered that major areas of the physiology are precisely correlated, in structure and function, to the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature. The understanding of human physiology as a replica of natural law expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature will be explored in this two-course series. Topics include comprehensive study of the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Lab fee: $25 Prerequisite: BIO 220 or BIO 251
BIO 266: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
This is the second course of the two-course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology. In this course students will study the reproductive, respiratory, nervous, and endocrine organ systems. This course will present an in-depth overview of the organ systems that are major coordinators of homeostasis. Focus will be on the endocrine system and divisions of the nervous system, and how they control other organ systems of the body and maintain homeostasis. Effects of stress on human physiology, body response to stress, and the relationship between stress and lifestyle diseases will also be covered. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Students will continue exploring how every aspect of the ancient Vedic Literature is mirrored by the human physiology. This course includes public speaking presentations based on the connection between consciousness, Veda, and human anatomy and physiology. Lab fee: $25 Prerequisite: BIO 265
Note: Students may fulfill all or some of their requirements for biology by having completed equivalent undergraduate coursework at an accredited university within last five years 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.
To graduate with a BA in Ayurveda Wellness, students must successfully complete all requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Students must also complete the following required courses totaling 30 credits:
FOR 479: Maharishi Vastu Architecture (2 credits)
In this course, students will be introduced to the range and application of Maharishi Vāstu architecture. Students will learn how the principles of Sthāpatya Veda apply with equal relevance to their own physiology, the layout of buildings and cities, the arrangement of galaxies in the universe, and the structuring dynamics of consciousness. Students will also become acquainted with natural and energy-efficient construction, and will understand the relationship of these contemporary interests with the timeless 2016/17 32 knowledge of Vedic architecture. This course alone does not prepare students sufficiently to start designing Vāstu houses. Prerequisite for undergraduates: FOR 103
PH 230: Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Aromatherapy (4 credits)
This course presents the history and basic principles of aromatherapy, and its application in Maharishi AyurVeda. Topics include: the chemistry and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules; detailed descriptions of the chemical structure and properties of essential oils and hydrosols, their therapeutic effects on physiological and emotional states, and their effect on the three doshas; and indications for common ailments. In this course students will learn how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Materials fee: $15. Prerequisite: PH 260
PH 262: Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition (4 credits)
Diet, digestion, and nutrition are fundamental to health. How we metabolize food and drink directly affects the strength, vitality, immunity, and longevity of the physiology. This course provides very practical knowledge of what to eat, when to eat, and how to eat to maintain or restore perfect balance of the three doshas – the three principal governing qualities of intelligence in the body. Topics include: influence of consciousness on the process of digestion and nutrition, effects of different foods on physiology, categories of food according to their influence on the three doshas, and basic principles of Dravya Guna (Materia Medica) – Vedic herbology. This course includes public speaking exercises, as well as two field trips: one to local organic and natural food stores, and one to a local organic dairy production farm. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Field trip fee: $20; Materials fee: $20. Prerequisite: PH 260
PH 263: Maharishi Yoga Asanas (4 credits)
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10
PH 320: Maharishi AyurVeda Family Health Series Course One–Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby (4 credits)
The comprehensive time-tested knowledge of Maharishi AyurVeda provides the basis to give every family the best start. Topics include: preconception guidelines to maximize fertility and fetal health, month-by-month guidelines for pregnancy, strategies to facilitate labor and provide the ideal environment at delivery, and postpartum care guidelines for both parents and newborns to ensure the fullest recuperation for mothers and a healthy beginning for every family. Materials fee: $30. Prerequisites: PH 262, and either PH 263 or FOR 462; Physiology and Health majors only
PH 430: Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Training (4 credits)
This course prepares students to consult with clients, family, and friends, helping them achieve higher levels of health and wellness through Maharishi AyurVeda. Students will understand and apply the knowledge of mind-body types, and the dietary and lifestyle 2016/17 288 origins of imbalance. Topics include: ayurvedic anatomy and physiology; the role of consciousness at the basis of physiology; the use of ayurvedic pulse reading to detect the level and the root cause of imbalance; the means to restore balance with the use of herbs, diet, aromatherapy, Maharishi Yoga Asanas, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda; protocols for common imbalances; and how to obtain and retain clients in the wellness consultant practice. Includes case workshops and public speaking presentations. Materials fee: $65. Prerequisites: PH 262 and BIO 266
PH 431: Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum (4 credits)
During this course students get practical experience of the knowledge gained in all the previous courses in Maharishi AyurVeda, and build confidence in consulting with clients, family, and friends to guide them to higher levels of health and wellness. In the clinical setting, students take turns leading consultations, and participate in discussions of case studies under the supervision of experts in Maharishi AyurVeda and modern medicine. By the end of the course students are required to complete their major capstone project, consisting of a reflection paper and a portfolio of case studies based on at least 50 clinical encounters (including observation, student/client encounter with direct supervision and one-on-one cases). May be repeated for credit up to four times with the permission of the department Academic Advisor. Prerequisites: PH 430, and either PH 263 or FOR462.
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.
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 (29 credits) for a maximum of 70 total credits.
Additional Recommended Courses (16 credits):
PH 120: Introduction to Modern Psychology (4 credits)
This course is designed to give students a foundation in the underlying principles and concepts of human development, learning, and human behavior. The study of consciousness is a central component of the course. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics.
PH 330: Maharishi AyurVeda Advanced Course on Aromatherapy I (4 credits)
This course presents advanced knowledge of aromatherapy including the approach of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy and its foundation in the Vedic science. Students will learn monographies of essential oils and hydrosols, including therapeutic formulas for specific health conditions. This course will present the effects of essential oils and hydrosols on different physiological systems in light of the discovery by Tony Nader, MD, PhD, that human physiology is the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature. Students will deepen their understanding of how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. The lab component of the course will provide students hands-on experience making blends, facial and body creams, soft gels, and other preparations most suitable for their skin and body types, using essential oils and other natural organic products. This course includes public speaking presentations. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $15. Prerequisites: PH 230, and approval of the instructor based on evaluation of portfolio of 3 case studies
PH 331: Maharishi AyurVeda Advanced Course on Aromatherapy II (4 credits)
This course explores the connection between Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy, human physiology, and Veda and the Vedic Literature. Students will probe deeper into the relationship of specific essential oils with the different parts of the physiology in light of 2016/17 287 the discovery by Tony Nader, MD, PhD, that human physiology is the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature. This will give students a profound, holistic understanding of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. This course includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Material fee: $10. Prerequisites: PH 330
PH 380: Research Methods (4 credits)
This course introduces the student to the rationale for evidence-based medicine and the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting scientific research. Topics include: the scientific method, selection of research topics, procedures for conducting literature reviews, experimental designs, statistical analysis, and interpretation of findings. Particular emphasis is placed on design of randomized controlled clinical trials, including selection of treatment and control groups, subject selection criteria, measurement of outcomes, and threats to validity. Students will have the opportunity to collect and analyze data as a practical component to the course. This course includes two presentations: one on a published research study in the student’s area of interest and the other on the student’s own research proposal.
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.
Additional Requirement: Completion of Major Senior Project
The senior project for the BS in Physiology and Health consists of a reflection paper and a portfolio of case studies.
The reflection paper (1000-1200 words) is integral to the case studies. Students reflect on what they have learned from their case studies and demonstrate their understanding of the core principles of Maharishi AyurVeda and how these principles relate to human physiology and optimal state of health.
The portfolio of case studies (based on at least 50 clinical 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. Appropriate measures are recommended to restore balance through stress reduction, lifestyle, diet, spices, herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, and other modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda.
BA in Ayurveda Wellness students are required to complete the major senior project during two courses of PH 431: Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum.