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Courses / Degree Requirements for the Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness

General requirements for a bachelor’s degree

The following courses cannot be waived through transfer credit:

This course orients students to the University and to Consciousness-Based education. Students learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, and begin to explore the theoretical foundation for higher states of consciousness available through practice of the Transcendental Meditation program. If students already practice Transcendental Meditation, this course includes a review of the principles and mechanics of the practice, based on their experience and questions. This course discusses the full range of consciousness from individual experience to a fundamental field of intelligence that underlies all of life and how this is unfolded through Consciousness-Based education. As part of this course, students participate in a 3-4 day base camp that focuses on team building, group processes, and leadership skills. (6 credits)
This course explores the unfoldment of higher states of human consciousness — the full realization of your own limitless potential — as described by Maharishi and as experienced naturally and spontaneously by Transcendental Meditation practitioners and by people throughout history. The course examines the experiences belonging to each state, the developmental processes that culture each state, pertinent research, and practical outcomes of these experiences in daily life, thereby providing an overview of the range of possible experiences on the way to full enlightenment. This course is question- and discussion-driven, with an emphasis on connecting this understanding of higher states to your own experiences. This course is a General Education graduation requirement for all students (see MVS 202 as an alternative). (2 credits) Prerequisite: FOR 103 or PH 101.
The course will explore the new paradigm in science that the “Physiology is Consciousness.” Current concepts of mind and body will be understood in terms of this 2017/18 274 new paradigm. This course will present our facts of brain structure and function in light of Maharishi Vedic Science and the discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology done by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. We will examine how our brain constructs reality at every moment and how the experience of unboundedness – the Self of every individual – can transform our physiology and awaken the total creative potential of the brain in enlightenment, which is the birthright of every human being. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108

FA 204: Students explore their own quest for self-knowledge in the light of the wisdom shared in great stories, focusing on mythology and modern movies. Drawing upon the insights of scholars of myth like Joseph Campbell, students identify the universal stages of the quest archetype: the hero or heroine’s journey as they evolve to higher states of awareness. Students culture critical thinking skills by analyzing ancient and modern worldviews, theories of consciousness and their applications, mythic stories, and their own life. In the culminating course project, students create and perform their own mythic stories reflecting their personal vision and the transformation of consciousness. Topics include: the power of myth, archetypal characters and events, the inspiration of ancient myths, adapting ancient stories to modern contexts, and plot structure. Textbook and materials fee: $30 (4 credits) Prerequisites: STC 108, taken during students’ first semester, or consent of the Department faculty (4 credits)

MC—W250 CCTS: In this course, students will be introduced to persuasive communication. Methods of evaluating and responding to arguments will be covered. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective speech, writing and presentation, and examine those fundamentals in the contexts of storytelling, activism, advertising, and business. (4 credits)

(This course gives a deep and non-mathematical understanding of the differences between classical and quantum physics. It explains the meaning and mechanics of unification and symmetry, and the main concepts of unified quantum field theories and superstring theory. It shows that at the basis of the universe lies a completely unified field, a self-interacting entity from which all particles and forces arise through the process of spontaneous symmetry breaking. The course gives students experience and understanding of the interconnectedness between the laws of physics, the universe, and themselves. (4 credits)

The following courses may be met through transfer credit:

This course presents the latest knowledge from Western science and the Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health CareSM program concerning the optimum daily routine for establishing the foundation for lifelong excellent health and growing enlightenment. The major focus is on the details of the ideal routine of sleep, diet, exercise, meaningful activity, recreation, and the importance of the regular experience of pure consciousness for optimum health and evolution. This course combines both lectures and physical activity labs. (2 credits— may not be repeated for credit)
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Department Requirements

Students must successfully complete 44 credits of coursework in Ayurveda and Wellness, as follows:

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 (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 (4 credits)
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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. Relevant current scientific research results are discussed, as appropriate. Public speaking presentations by students on topics of the 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. (4 credits)
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. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Public speaking presentations by students on topics of the greatest interest to them are a part of the course. Includes laboratory. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: CHEM 313 (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 (4 credits)
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Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352 (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 (4 credits) 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 healthcare 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. (4 credits)

Note: Students may fulfill all or some of their requirements for Human Anatomy and Physiology 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 90 total credits.