May 19, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrative Studies, B.I.S.

160 North Foundation Hall (248) 370-3229


Director: David Lau (Interim)

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Root

Macomb University Center Academic Counselor: Lindsay Zeig


Faculty Council for Integrative Studies

Professors: Kevin Murphy, Economics; Subbaiah Perla, Mathematics and Statistics

Associate professors: Carrie Buch, Nursing; Jacob Cayanus, Communication and Journalism; Douglas Creighton, Physical Therapy; Beth Kraemer, Kresge Library; David Lau, Communication and Journalism; Michael Long, Human Resource Development

Assistant professor: Jessica Payette, Music, Theater and Dance

Special instructor: Jerry Marsh, Engineering and Computer Science

Lecturer: Ben Bennett-Carpenter

Special LecturesCharles Rinehart, Jennifer Root, Lindsay Zeig

Alumni: Kath Borg

Students: Rhiannon Bailiey, Mirabeth Braude


The Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree (B.I.S.) is a university-wide baccalaureate program that offers maximum flexibility and opportunity for student decision making about courses of study at Oakland University. The degree is primarily intended for students wishing to create an innovative program of study to meet their individual goals by integrating courses of study from across the university.

Students entering the Integrative Studies program design a course of study utilizing courses from many departments to create a meaningful academic plan of study.   Students may select courses from any field of study offered by an academic department, subject to prerequisites and policies set by the individual departments. This program offers students the opportunity to plan a unique and challenging academic program in cooperation with an Integrative Studies faculty mentor.

Students changing their majors to Integrative Studies must meet the program requirements described in the catalog extant at the time of the change, or they may meet program requirements described in a subsequent catalog. Any catalog that students are following must not be more than six years old at the time of graduation.  It is not permissible to seek a double degree with the Bachelor of Integrative Studies serving as one of those degrees.

Students applying to the Integrative Studies program are first admitted to pre-Integrative Studies status. Students will be granted major standing upon approval of their Plan of Study and Rationale by the Integrative Studies Faculty Admissions Committee.

The Integrative Studies program is administered by the Department of Integrative Studies, 160 North Foundation Hall, (248) 370-3229.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree

 To earn the Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete at least 28 credits from an approved plan of study (including the required capstone course) at Oakland University as an admitted candidate for the Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree, excluding courses used to meet the general education requirement. Candidacy is authorized by the university and the Faculty Council for Integrative Studies when a student’s plan of study has been approved by the Integrative Studies Faculty Admissions Committee. If the plan of study is not submitted in a timely manner, the credits in any current semester may be excluded from the plan of study. (See Advising below for additional information.)
  2. Complete coursework on plan of study with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course.
  3. Complete the general education requirements that correspond with the student’s admission date and transfer credit situation. (See Undergraduate degree requirements.)
  4. Complete a minimum of 124 semester credits.
  5. Complete 32 of those credits at the 300 or 400 levels.
  6. Complete 32 credits at Oakland University; complete the last 4 credits toward thedegree at Oakland University.
  7. Complete the General Education capstone course  


Advising is central to the program as students design an individualized and unique course of study based upon their interests and needs. Students must follow a specific advising procedure as follows:

  1. Complete theBIS e-plan available at
  2. Meet with a Bachelor of Integrative Studies adviser in a preliminary appointment. The BIS adviser will explore the suitability of the program to student needs and interests and program and university requirements. The BIS adviser will also discuss student eligibility to enter the program. Students entering the program through a change of major or through the readmission process must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. Students on academic probation will not be considered for the program.
  3. Develop a Plan of Study and Rationale. When Pre-Integrative Studies has been declared as a program of study, students will follow up with the BIS adviser to finalize their Plan of Study and Rationale.  They will also complete applicable minor forms as indicated on their Plan of Study.   
  4. Arrange an appointment with the faculty mentor. Students will initiate a meeting with the faculty mentor to discuss the courses on their Plan of Study as well as their Rationale.
  5. Obtain Faculty Admissions Committee approval in conjunction with program application due dates (see website, After the faculty mentor approves the Plan of Study and Rationale, by signing the final plan, the Plan of Study and Rationale are returned to the Integrative Studies office and sent to the Faculty Admissions Committee for approval. When the Plan of Study and Rationale has been approved the student will be granted major standing.

Two-Plus-Two program for associate degree holders

The Integrative Studies program allows students to combine courses from the university curriculum with associate degrees from Michigan community colleges. The two-plus-two program provides for transfer of up to 62 semester credits from accredited two-year community colleges in Michigan. Students with associate degrees in any area except nursing may qualify for the two-plus-two Integrative Studies program.  Holders of associate degrees in nursing are subject to a course-by-course evaluation.

The program requires that courses accepted for transfer must have a grade of C or above, that at least 12 semester credits have been earned in liberal arts courses, and that all course-work has been taken at accredited institutions. Certain developmental courses may be subject to individual evaluation. For additional information, see the Transfer student information section of the catalog.

Concentrations or minors

Integrative Studies students may wish to develop programs that include concentrations or minors offered by other academic schools or departments within the university. Approximately 65 minors and concentrations are available to Integrative Studies students; a complete listing is available in the index of the undergraduate catalog under “minors” and “concentrations” respectively. Forms for written approval of concentrations or minors are available online and in the Integrative Studies office (160 North Foundation Hall).

Students should consult with an Integrative Studies adviser to determine policies and procedures on seeking minors or concentrations.

Conciliar honors

Conciliar honors are awarded to Integrative Studies students by the Faculty Council for Integrative Studies. There are two ways in which students may earn conciliar honors. Students who have  a cumulative grade point average of a 3.60 or better are automatically eligible for conciliar honors. Students may be nominated for honors if they have a cumulative grade point average between 3.30 and 3.59; students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty mentor. Written nominations, accompanied by faculty recommendations, should be made on the basis of excellence in scholarship, appropriate community and university experience, and/or achievement of academic distinction while overcoming extreme adversity. Nominations will be considered by the Executive Committee and will be forwarded to the BIS Faculty Council for final approval.

Major capstone and writing intensive course for Integrative Studies

All students admitted to the university beginning in Fall 2008 and after are required to complete the Integrative Studies capstone course, HS 402 , to satisfy the university general education requirements. The course is offered through the School of Health Sciences. Specific offerings of the course for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes.