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Degree Requirements for the Online Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences

The following is projected for students entering the university in 2020-21 and is subject to change.

To graduate with a degree in the applied arts and sciences students must successfully complete 41 credits of coursework to include:

Required courses (33 credits)

This course introduces students to three fundamental sources of knowledge that can be used together to evaluate any idea: personal experience, scientific reasoning, and traditional wisdom. On the basis of evidence from all three sources, a new consciousness-based framework is introduced as a new way of viewing the world and addressing its challenges. (5 credits)

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 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. (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)

Quantitative reasoning is a critical tool in the modern world for analyzing and interpreting quantitative information in the context of real-world problems and issues, including issues such as budgeting, taxation, loans, investment returns, the effects of inflation, even choosing cell phone plans. Students will develop a repertoire of number-related skills for assessing the reliability of data presented and for arriving at their own conclusions from these data. Topics include: estimation, units and conversion, basic geometric concepts, simple descriptive statistics, constructing and interpreting graphs, linear and exponential growth, and ratios and percentages. Students will develop their knowledge of calculating and presenting personally meaningful information with spreadsheets. (4 credits)

Composition 2 develops the student’s ability to use language for a variety of purposes, subjects, and audiences. It focuses on both exposition and persuasion to strengthen those skills that will assist the student in succeeding academically. In this course, we read and discuss a range of prose models that reflect the diversity of thinking and writing across the disciplines. (4 credits) Prerequisite: WTG 191 or appropriate assessment

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. (2 credits)

This course presents each student with the opportunity to reflect upon and draw together all of the disciplines and broad themes they have explored in the context of the Integrative Studies major. Students are expected to choose one or more interdisciplinary themes based broadly on the science and technology of consciousness to present a research paper, report, or multi-media project that interprets a contemporary issue or problem in light of these themes and integrates the coursework they have had. They work closely with their faculty advisor to choose, draft, and re-draft their research paper, report, or multi-media project. (4-8 credits)

This course presents the latest knowledge from Western science and the Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care 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. (2 credits)

One of the following Creative Thinking Seminars:

Explore your own quest for self-knowledge in the light of the wisdom shared in mythology, philosophy, and psychology. Drawing upon the insights of scholars of myth like Joseph Campbell, we will identify the universal stages of the quest archetype: the hero or heroine’s journey as they evolve to higher states of awareness. We will culture critical thinking skills by analyzing ancient and modern worldviews, theories of consciousness and their applications, myths and movies, and your own life. In the culminating course project, create and potentially perform your own mythic stories reflecting the transformation of consciousness. We will explore these questions: What is the philosopher’s quest? What can modern psychology reveal about the mind? Why do archetypes transform consciousness? How can we apply ancient archetypes to modern life? (4 credits)

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)

In this course, we examine the nature and scope of the scientific method, which is the systematic, repeatable empirical approach to acquiring knowledge through the discovery and testing of hypotheses against experimental evidence. On this basis, we can understand the universality of the scientific process and appreciate the scientific character of modern science and of Maharishi Vedic Science. The important contrast between normal science and paradigm-change is studied with reference to the scientific study of consciousness and the special issues this raises. We consider whether science is in conflict with religion or whether there is, in fact, a deep underlying harmony. And finally, we explore the implications of advanced physics for the scientific study of consciousness. This course satisfies the graduation requirements for a humanities course and for a course in Creative and Critical Thinking. (4 credits)

Electives (8 credits)

Success in the online programs of Maharishi University presumes every student is regularly practicing the Transcendental Meditation program and growing each day in restful alertness. This course reviews the principles brought out in the introductory course in Transcendental Meditation and helps each student establish a regular routine that supports their health and personal development. (1 credit)
In addition to refreshing students’ practice of Transcendental Meditation, this course will teach correct pronunciation of many important Sanskrit terms used in Āyurveda. It will also review the names of the forty branches of Veda and Vedic Literature and a few central expressions from this body of knowledge, again with a special focus on Āyurveda. This course will include recorded talks by Maharishi on Āyurveda. (1 credit)

Ever-increasing globalization makes it imperative that students understand the different cultures in their world. This course provides frameworks useful in classifying cultures and understanding cultural norms and traditions. Analyzing case studies and participating in workshops and presentations enable students to establish patterns of behavior that facilitate cross-cultural communication. (4 credits)

This course prepares students to communicate a personal message in the audiovisual medium. The message can be an idea, a product or service endorsement, a personal reflection, or any other message. In this course, students will learn to craft a clear message, make it visually appealing, and publish it online. Topics include: structuring a message, scene composition, lighting, basic sound recording, video editing, YouTube publishing, and cellphone (or a simple DSLR photo/video camera) photography skills (4 credits)

Students delve into the creative process with focus on the self-portrait. To learn about the history of the self-portrait, they view some of the most famous self-portraits in Western art by Dürer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Anguissola, Vigee-Lebrun, Kollwitz, Escher, and others. Then they create their own. Through lectures and readings on art by Maharishi, students come to appreciate art from the deepest perspective — that all art originates within the Self of the artist, and they verify this from their own experience as artists. Topics include: principles of design and drawing. Students learn to use and combine the simple elements of line, shape, tone, and change of direction to foster self-expression. (2 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: $6 (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. Based on availability, ayurvedic cooking demonstrations are included. Materials fee: $30; Prerequisite: PH 260 (4 credits)
Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing the 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)
Herbs are a major component of Maharishi AyurVeda used to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore balance. After assessing a client, an ayurvedic consultant recommends a variety of healing modalities, including compound or single-form herbal preparations. This course provides the necessary knowledge of ayurvedic herbs and herbal compounds, their qualities and actions in human physiology, as well as their effects in various health conditions. It also familiarizes students with the methods used to prepare herbal compounds. Topics include: an introduction to ayurvedic herbs, their properties, modes of action and uses; compound ayurvedic formulations, their indications and contra-indications; quality control and good manufacturing practices on a small scale. This course includes labs, public speaking presentations and literature review. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $25; Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352 (4 credits)