Co-operative Education is a process of education which integrates academic study with relevant, supervised and paid work experience in co-operating employer organizations.
An optional Co-operative Education Program is available for students in all Land and Food Systems programs, with the exception of students in the Dietetics Major of B.Sc. in Food, Nutrition and Health. The Program is intended to help prepare interested and qualified students for careers within the private or public sectors with at least four work terms (i.e. each work term is normally 4 months long) supervised by qualified professionals. Faculty advisors or Co-op Coordinators also conduct site visits at the student’s work place and provide advice and support for the placement.
To be eligible, students must be in at least second year of an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (other than the Dietetics Major). Admission is by application to the Science Co-op Office. Selection of students will be based on academic performance and general suitability to the work environment as determined by the Co-op intake interview. The total enrolment will be subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement between students and employing organizations. Participating students register for LFS 398, 399, 498, or 499 as appropriate, and pay the Co-operative Education program fee per course and Co-op Workshop fee as listed under Program, Course and Faculty Fees.
Graduation in the Co-operative Education Program for Land and Food Systems requires a student to complete LFS 398, 399, 498, and 499, in addition to the normal academic requirements.
Detailed information on the program can be obtained from the Co-operative Education Office in Room 170, Chemistry and Physics Building, 6221 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 or online (www.sciencecoop.ubc.ca/prospective/apply/land).