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Bachelor of Integrative Studies
160 North Foundation Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-3229
Fax: (248) 370-3261
bis@oakland.edu

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(except on recognized holidays) 

Advising

OVERVIEW
WALK-IN
ADVISING
MAJOR STANDING
APPLICATION
MEET
YOUR ADVISERS

Getting Started
Please see the online tutorial and review the handbook from the resources.
 
Scheduling Appointments
  1. If you are a current Oakland University student, you will need to complete the advising tutorial before scheduling an advising appointment.
  2. Students should make advising appointments well before registration or semester start dates. Appointment demand during these cycles makes appointment scheduling more challenging.
  3. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the BIS office at (248) 370-3229. 

Advising Session
  1. Bring your advising records to all advising appointments (past advising charts and Transfer Credit Evaluations [TCE's] plus a degree evaluation).
  2. Review your current plan of study via the eplan system (current students only) www.oakland.edu/bis "eplan log in"
  3. Check your adviser's work (they are human and make mistakes), raise questions and point out anything that seems confusing or incorrect. 
  4. Come early to be on time! If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment so we can better serve you.

Class Schedule Selection
  1. Understand how university requirements apply to your academic records. Carefully read the catalog parts that apply to you, especially those that apply to General Education. Make sure classes you need to fulfill a requirement meet the catalog stipulations.
  2. Don't sign up for a class for which you have already received credit. This happens often to transfer students. Classes at another school often have different titles and usually have different numbers. Check your plan of study and TCE.
  3. Select classes where possible with professors that you find engaging. A course title never teaches a class, a teacher teaches a class. The right teacher makes the most unattractively titled class compelling. Talk to peers whose opinions you respect. Trust your own judgment as well - especially if you are a junior or senior. It is unprofessional for advisers to make teacher recommendations. 

Course Substitutions
  1. Does the class you are substituting carry at least the same number of credits as the one you are replacing?
  2. Are you using a 100/200 level class to replace a 300/400 level class?
  3. Have you chosen to replace a course that satisfies your general education, ethnic diversity or writing proficiency requirement? 
  4. Have you requested a course substitution or petition of exception through the BIS eplan? www.oakland.edu/bis "eplan log in" "forms" section

Graduating
  1. Request a senior check via email by contacting us at bis@oakland.edu once you accumulate 91 credits. You may also request this check by contacting the BIS office by phone at 248-370-3229. This identifies the remaining requirements you need to graduate.
  2. Fill out the Online Application for Degree online by visiting the Applying for Graduation page.


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Since individual Walk-In time is limited to 15 minutes per student, 6 to 8 students can be seen per each 2-hour Walk-In Advising Session. Signing in will be allowed at the discretion of BIS staff and not beyond 15 minutes prior to the end of the session.

When should I consider walk-in advising?
  • To update their plan of study. (already admitted students)
  • To seek assistance with their plan of study before submitting it to the Admissions Committee - if they've already been seen at an appointment in the BIS office and have an active e-file.
  • To seek assistance with registration and course substitutions. (already admitted students)
  • To receive general information about the program. (prospective students) NOTE: Students who have not yet been seen in the BIS advising office for an appointment will need to schedule an appointment for specific details regarding their BIS options. Specific information cannot be conveyed at a first-time walk in advising appointment.

When should I schedule an appointment?
  • To develop a plan of study.
  • When transfer credits have not yet been evaluated by Oakland University.

What should I bring to walk-in advising or appointment?
  • Any and all records of college-level course work (even including OU’s SAIL transcript and transfer credit evaluations, in case we are unable to obtain them for some reason).

What are my other options?
Short questions or requests for senior audits can be emailed to us at bis@oakland.edu. If we can manage things by email, we're happy to do so but if the issue is more involved than email will allow, we may ask you to come in for an appointment. Prospective students may request a phone appointment by scheduling a time through our office at (248) 370-3229.


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Forms and Resources
To submit a completed application, a student interested in BIS should complete an e-Plan and Application Questionnaire after meeting with an adviser. If you desire to complete a minor for your academic program, please complete a minor form (link) and have it signed by the minor’s department.

Minors/Concentrations
Minors and concentrations are not required for BIS students, however if interested, a student must complete a minor form. For more information, please view the requirements.


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Jennifer Root
Program Coordinator
(248) 370-3229
Schedule an appointment

Lindsay Zeig
Academic Counselor & Instructor
(248) 370-3229

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