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Co-operative Education

Co-operative education integrates the academic education (classroom-based learning) of interested and qualified students with relevant, supervised, and paid work experience (work-based learning) with employer organizations. Co-op students gain valuable skills that help guide them through their academic education, as well as prepare them for future job markets upon graduation.

The Faculty offers co-operative education in the disciplines of atmospheric sciences, behavioural neuroscience, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, biophysics, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, cognitive systems, earth and ocean sciences, environmental sciences, general science, geographical sciences, geophysics, geology, integrated sciences, mathematics, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology and therapeutics, physics and astronomy, physiology, and statistics. Students in other B.Sc. specializations are also able to participate in co-operative education.

Co-operative education is optional and supplementary to academic requirements of the degree. Students who wish to be considered for co-op will be selected on the basis of academic performance and suitability for the work environment. To enter and remain in co-op, students must be in Good Standing and be eligible for admission to and/or advancement in their specialization. Total enrolment is subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. Students admitted into the program will register in the appropriate co-operative education courses for each work term, once a suitable position is confirmed, and will be required to pay the co-operative education program fee (see Program and Course Fees). In addition, a co-op workshop fee is to be paid by all students accepted into the program. There will not be a tuition fee in addition to this.

Each successfully completed co-operative education course will be assigned 3 credits and will be recorded on the student's transcript. In order to graduate with the co-operative education designation, a student must have completed the required number of work terms in addition to the normal academic requirements of the specialization. Co-operative education course credits cannot be used in lieu of or to complement academic course credits required by the specialization.

To inquire about application deadlines and for further information, please contact the Co-operative Education Program Office, Room 170 Chemistry/Physics Building, The University of British Columbia, 6221 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1; fax 604.822.9676. Information is also available through the Co-op.

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