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Science and Technology of Consciousness — Online Course




STC 508 (EEG scan)

This course is offered for credit and noncredit

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Tuition for noncredit students: $600
Tuition for credit students: $1800 

Registration closed for credit students
Prerequisite: The practice of the Transcendental Meditation program is required for this course


The Science and Technology of Consciousness (STC) is a basic course in Consciousness-Based education that is the unique educational approach of Maharishi University of Management. Our university was inspired by the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a scientist and Vedic scholar from India. The practical aspect of STC is the Transcendental Meditation technique, a simple non-religious mental technique that produces positive effects on mental health, physical health, and social behaviors. For more information, go to

The goal of this course is for you to gain experience and understanding of consciousness as the unifying basis of all branches of knowledge. This course provides a foundation for all other courses you will take at the Maharishi University of Management and introduces you to key ideas and terms relevant to your studies and to your experience here.

Instructors: Fred Travis and Tara Schmidt

Course Structure

When registering at the same start date as the credit version, you will be invited to share in webinars. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the site if you do miss attending. The Science and Technology of Consciousness is the foundation of our Consciousness-Based Education program.

Each lesson has 3 or 4 videos approximately 15 to 20 minutes each. Once you register, you have access to the course for six months to one year.

What you will learn to do:

  •  Compare principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence and Maharishi Vedic Science.
  • Read articles and watch videotaped lectures by Maharishi that explore his model of the seven states of consciousness.
  • Investigate the structure and dynamics of consciousness, and explore the different technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science.
  • Identify the experience of pure consciousness in major world religions.
  • Study the dynamics of the TM-Sidhi program and the Maharishi Effect.
  • Compare the Transcendental Meditation program to other meditation practices.

Your experiences during Transcendental Meditation practice form the foundation for our discussions. If you are not yet practicing the TM technique, please find a teacher near you so that you can learn the practice.

This is the first course of our online MA in Maharishi Vedic Science and is a prerequisite for all subsequent courses. Some of the other courses in this program include Maharishi’s Translation and Commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita; Discovery of Veda and Vedic Literature in Human Physiology; Maharishi Vedic Science and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Sanskrit; Self-pulse reading.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between your individual self and your universal Self—the field of pure inner wakefulness, unbounded pure consciousness, at the source of thought.
  • Use principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence to deepen your understanding of foundational principles in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
  • Articulate how the growth of consciousness and the study of inner subjectivity enrich education and other areas of life.

Course Policies

Credit Course Polices

Tuition, Withdrawal, and Participation Policies for Non-degree Credit Programs

Non-degree Continuing Education Student:

Students who have not yet applied to the degree program will pay tuition of $450 per credit on a course-by-course basis. Students must have a bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites for the program and the prerequisites for the course. Courses may be transferred into the degree once they apply and are accepted to the degree program. If you have questions about prerequisites please contact

Withdraw Policy for Credit Courses:

Automatic Withdraw: Very Important to note: Online students must log in and participate in the online course by 11:58 pm (central time) on Day 5 of a course 4 weeks or longer. If they have not logged in or started any of the coursework by Day 5 they will be automatically withdrawn.

Automatic Withdraw: During the length of the course, online students who have not participated for 7 days will be automatically withdrawn unless their instructor has given prior approval and notified the Enrollment Center Attendance Officer of same.

Student Withdraw: All withdrawals, from all programs and all courses, are subject to the published University Withdrawal policy, which exists in two formats- one for Non-degree Continuing Education and another for degree-seeking.

Non-degree Continuing Education withdrawal policy is on a course-by-course basis. A student who withdraws after the first day of the course will be charged a minimum 50% of the course fee, and after 25% of the course, there is no refund:

Online Participation Policy and Expectations:

Online Students will be automatically withdrawn if they do not log in to their online course by 11:58 pm (central time) on Day 5 and participate in online activities as outlined in the course syllabus. Online students who have not participated for 7 days will be automatically withdrawn unless their instructor has given prior approval and notified the Enrollment Center Attendance Officer of same.

Student “attendance” in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the course syllabus. Online courses have weekly mechanisms for student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods: student tracking records in Sakai; submission/completion of assignments and discussions; and communication with the instructor. Students who do not log on to the course within a 7 day period during the length of the course will be automatically dropped. Students who fail to maintain active participation in an online course as defined in the course syllabus will be dropped from the course.

Noncredit Refund Policies

Students can register for most of the noncredit courses at any time. (courses with specific start dates will be listed) Start date is the day that students register (pay for the course). Login information is sent via email within 24 hrs of your registration date.

  1. To receive a full (100%) refund you must email your request to within 3 days of your registration date.
  2. You are eligible for a 50% refund 4 – 7 days after your registration date upon request to No refunds thereafter.

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