Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions related to various different aspects of the BIS degree. Please click on the individual question to view the answer.

SEO Questions

How do I submit my SEO?

Step by step instructions for submitting your SEO can be found here: PDF / HTML. Using your university email account, create a new email addressed to: bis.seo@miamioh.edu. In the subject line of your email, you should indicate that this is a SEO submission. In the body of your email, you should include a brief message indicating the purpose of your email. Lastly, include your name in the body of the email and attach the file containing your combined SEO and rationale. The attached file should be titled with your unique Miami ID, followed by _seo.doc or _seo.pdf (depending on the type of file you are submitting). SEOs should be submitted by 12pm on the last Thursday of the month in order to be reviewed by at the monthly meeting.

Who reviews the SEO?

SEOs are reviewed by the SEO Petition and Review Committee (SPRC). This committee is made up of faculty charged with ensuring that approved SEOs will meet BIS degree requirements, university graduation requirements, and that the students program of study will help them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

How often does the SPRC meet to review SEOs and petitions?

The SPRC meets each month during the fall, spring, and summer terms. The day of SPRC meetings varies by semester, for fall 2015 the SPRC meets on the first Wednesday of each month. In order for an SEO to be reviewed by the SPRC, it must be submitted by 12pm on the last Wednesday of the month. For example, if a student submits their SEO by the last Wednesday in January, that SEO will be reviewed by the SPRC on the first Wednesday in February.

When does my SEO need to be accepted?

Your SEO needs to be submitted in order to be eligible to pass BIS 201, accepted to be eligible to pass BIS 301, and accepted before you can enroll in BIS 401.

What happens if my SEO is rejected?

Historically, anywhere between 30-50% of SEOs are rejected the first time they are reviewed by the SPRC. A rejected SEO simply means that the student may need to fix a course overlap, address a problem that might interfere with that student graduating on time, or that the student will need to address particular questions/comments and resubmit their SEO. A rejected SEO is fairly common and, as long as the student has addressed the SPRC's comments in their revision, the student can resubmit their SEO for review. Ideally, students should have an approved SEO by the time they complete BIS 201; however, students are only required to have an accepted SEO by the time they complete BIS 301 (this is also a prerequisite for enrolling in BIS 401).

Can I make changes to my SEO after it has been approved?

Yes, but do keep in mind that any changes to your SEO will need to adhere to the BIS degree requirements and avoid course overlaps. Most changes to an approved SEO can simply be done by completing a petition form, but significant change may necessitate a full review.

I want to change one class in one of my concentrations. What do I do?

Fill out the petition form and update your SEO and rationale to reflect the change you're asking for (note the change with the word "petition" next to it on the SEO). Send both documents to bis.seo@miamioh.edu with a cover email that explains what you're trying to do.

I want to change my second concentration from Organizational Leadership to Child Development. What do I do?

Fill out the petition form and update your SEO and rationale to reflect the change you're asking for. Send both documents to bis.seo@miamioh.edu with a cover email that explains what you're trying to do.

I want to make my first concentration the second and my second the first. What do I do?

Fill out the petition form and update your SEO and rationale to reflect the change you're asking for. Send both documents to bis.seo@miamioh.edu with a cover email that explains what you're trying to do.

I want to change thematic sequences but already have an approved SEO. Do I need to resubmit my SEO?

No, but you will want to ask a BIS faculty advisor to make sure your new thematic sequence will not create overlap problems with your approved concentrations.

What fields of study make up the BIS concentrations?

Our concentrations page has the current list of all concentrations available in the BIS program. As of fall 2015, there are 13 pre-designed concentrations and the option to self-design your own concentration. Each student combines work from two different concentrations as part of the degree.

Course Questions 

Will I need to take classes on the Oxford Campus?

All courses required to fulfill BIS degree requirements with any concentration are available at regional campus locations. Some students choose to take courses on the Oxford campus in order to expand their scheduling options or course selections, but most BIS students do not.

The BIS class I want is full. What should I do?

Full means full, so please sign up for a different section with openings or wait until the next term. All three BIS seminars (201, 301, & 401) are offered every fall, spring, and summer term. Because they are seminars, BIS core courses are intentionally capped to ensure robust class conversations, the building of community, and plenty of individual advising time and attention for each student.

I can't decide on a thematic sequence. How do I know which ones are available on the regional campuses?

We keep an updated list of the thematic sequences available on the regional campuses, click on the link to view the list.

I know which thematic sequence I want, but it doesn't show up on my DAR. What do I do?

Visit your faculty advisor to fill out a yellow form or email Dr. Leland Spencer (spencelg@miamioh.edu), our Chief Departmental Advisor, with your name, your plus number, and your desired thematic sequence.

Degree Questions

Do I already need to have an associate degree to join the BIS program?

No, students must earn a minimum of 45 credit hours prior to enrolling in BIS 201 or declaring BIS as their major.

How many credit hours do I need to complete for the BIS degree?

Currently, students need 128 credit hours to complete the BIS degree. Our degree requirements pages has more information about this.

Transfer Credit

Will my previous coursework transfer?

Transfer credit is granted for college-level courses earned at a regionally accredited institution of higher education for which you receive a grade of a "C" or better. Transfer credit will be granted in any course taken Fall 2009 or after in which the grade reported was a D- or better from a regionally accredited Ohio institution. Transfer credit will be granted in any course taken Fall 2010 or after in which the grade reported was a D- or better from all regionally accredited institutions. An academic advisor can help you sort this out. For more on transfer credits consult the One Stop.