Co‑operative Education

Co-operative Education combines academic study with practical, career-related work experience. Students alternate their academic terms with work terms, and they graduate with a B.Sc. Co-op degree.

Science students take the co-op program in conjunction with a Major or Honours in Earth or Environmental Sciences, and it takes four full years to complete. The co-op program requires a minimum of three work terms, which are normally 13 to 18 weeks in length. The program takes longer than four years to complete if an optional fourth work term is selected.

Departmental approval and a minimum GPA of 3.0 are required for admission to the Co-operative Education Program.

Tarah Wright
Tel.: 902-219-0933
Richard Cox
Tel: 902-494-3362

For more information, see the Co-op website.

FAQ: Requirements & Deadlines

The information below should answer your questions about how to join Science Co-op. If you have further questions, or would like to discuss your Co-op options, please contact the co-op program office at

Who can apply to the science co-operative education program?

Students who meet all of the following criteria can apply to Science Co-op program:

  • minimum GPA of 3.0 (except for Microbiology/Immunology that requires
    a GPA of 3.3) and enrolled in a 20 credit degree program.
  • fulfilled the academic requirements of your department (see department calendar section)
  • eligible to work in Canada
  • completed one year of university (two years in some departments)
  • approval by your Faculty Co-op Advisor and the Science Co-op Office

When do you apply to the science co-op program? What is the deadline to apply?

Who is the co-op academic advisor in my department of interest?

Which science departments offer a co-operative education program?

What are the benefits of joining the science co-operative education program?

Visit the Co-op Office website to learn about the benefits of co-operative education.

Where can I find more information?

More information is available on the Co-op Office website