Courses / Degree Requirements for the BS in Pre-Integrative Medicine
The following is projected for students entering the university in 2020-21 and is subject to change.
To graduate with a BS in Pre-Integrative Medicine, students must successfully complete:
Required courses: 54 credits
BIO 251: Principles of Biology (4 credits)
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.
BIO 252: Molecular and Cell Biology I (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
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 90 total credits.
CHEM 201: General Chemistry I (4 credits)
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. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Includes public speaking presentations on 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
CHEM 202: General Chemistry II (4 credits)
Topics include: thermochemistry; gases; liquids, solids, and phase changes; solutions and their properties; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; aqueous equilibria: acids and bases. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Includes public speaking presentations on basic concepts of general chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: CHEM 201
CHEM 203: General Chemistry III (2 credits)
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. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Includes public speaking presentations on basic concepts of general chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: CHEM 202
CHEM 311: Organic Chemistry I (2 credits)
In this course students will study functional groups and chemical reactivity; and structure-property relationships of carbon compounds. 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; and overview of organic reactions, nomenclature, synthesis, and reactions of alkenes and alkynes. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. This course includes public speaking presentations on basic concepts of organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: CHEM 203
CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
In this course students will continue to study structure-property relationships of carbon compounds, and will investigate structure determination. 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. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. This course includes public speaking presentations on basic concepts of organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: CHEM 311
CHEM 313: Organic Chemistry III (4 credits)
In this course students will investigate the wide role of the carbonyl group in the chemical reactions and discover familiar chemical reactions in biochemical pathways. 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. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Includes public speaking presentations on basic concepts of organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisite: CHEM 312
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 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
PH 314 Biostatistics (4 credits)
Statistics offers powerful quantitative tools based on the underlying orderliness of Nature to support improved decision-making in many fields, including the health and life sciences. Statistics is the art and science of finding meaningful patterns and relationships in data (data analysis), generating useful data (data production), and drawing valid conclusions from data (statistical inference). In this course you will learn how to use key graphical and numerical tools of data analysis, how to effectively present your findings, and evaluate the validity of your conclusions. Health and life sciences examples and case studies will be emphasized. Topics include: graphical and numerical tools for summarizing and describing data, modeling data with probability distributions, sampling and surveys, designing experiments, hypothesis testing for means and proportions, correlation analysis, and modeling relationships using regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 153 or equivalent.
PHYS 211 Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Waves and Fluids (4 credits)
This is an algebra-based non-calculus physics course intended for the non-physical science major. This course prepares students for the subsequent tests and graduate training in the health care fields. Topics include: (1) Classical mechanics including kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, linear momentum, gravity, and rotational
dynamics; (2) Work, energy, and thermodynamics; (3) Behavior of fluids; (4) Vibrations and waves. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Includes public speaking presentations on basic concepts of classical physics and writing presentations on connections between the science of consciousness and basic concepts of classical physics. Weekly laboratory sessions are included. Lab fee: $25. Prerequisites: MATH 162 and CHEM 203 or permission of the instructor.
FOR 479: Maharishi Vastu Architecture or FOR 462: Maharishi Yoga Asanas or FOR 458: Ayurvedic Cooking (2 credits)
Any one of the above courses can be taken to fulfill the remaining required course credits. Undergraduate prerequisite for FOR 458: FOR 103.
Recommended elective courses:
PH 230: Maharishi AyurVeda Science-Based Aromatherapy I (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 wellbeing in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25. 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 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 modern and Vedic science. Students will learn aspects of chemistry and biochemistry required for understanding of the basis of aromatherapy, as well as the therapeutic effects of aromatic molecules present in essential oils. Students will explore the effects of essential oils on different physiological systems in light of the discovery of Veda and Vedic Literature in human physiology by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. Students will deepen their understanding of how to select appropriate essential oils 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 and soft gels using essential oils and carrier oils most suitable for different skin and body types. This course includes public speaking exercises. Lab fee: $30. Prerequisite: PH 230.
PH 331: Maharishi AyurVeda Advanced Course on Aromatherapy II (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 332: Maharishi AyurVeda Science-Based Aromatherapy IV, Practicum (4 credits)
Prerequisite: PH 331
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.
PH 412: Maharishi AyurVeda Herbology (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352
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 International University 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.
Note: Students may fulfill some of their requirements for general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and physics 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 (27 credits) for a maximum of 90 total credits. CLEP, AP and IB credits for the courses listed above can be accepted after evaluation on a case-by-case basis.