At Waterloo, you have two great ways to study: co-op or regular. Whether you opt for co-op, where you'll alternate between study and work terms, or choose a traditional four-year program, studying from September to May with summers off, you'll leave with a world-class education from Canada's most innovative university.

Choose your experience

Co-op (5-year)

briefcaseGraduate with up to 20 months of work experience
coins Earn $8,400 to $18,000 per work term in Canada
handshakeGrow your network while exploring different jobs and industries

Geomatics grad Aujas using surveying equipment

Recent Geomatics graduate Aujas used co-op to apply what he learned in the classroom to the field. "In co-op, you take skills that we’ve learned – like automation and working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – and apply them in the real world. It’s a really good experience to apply them before you even graduate from university."

Which Environment programs offer co-op?

  • Geomatics - regular and co-op
  • Planning - co-op only
  • Sustainability and Financial Management* - co-op only

What kind of companies will you work for?

The types of jobs you can apply for may vary by program. Past co-op employers of Environment students include:

  • Environment Canada
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Labatt Breweries
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Earth Day Canada
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • The United Nations
  • World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • The Government of Madagascar
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Statistics Canada
  • City of Toronto
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Stantec

Learn more about co-op at Waterloo

    Regular, 4-year program

    airplaneUse your summers off to travel, work, or volunteer
    graduation capTake classes in the summer to further fast-track to graduation
    paper certificateDevelop your professional skills with Waterloo’s EDGE certificate for non-co-op students

    Vicki uses a saw in the Environment workshop

    Through self-directed learning and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Knowledge Integration students like Victoria design and build museum exhibits as a way to convey their learnings in a public setting. 

    Which Environment programs offer regular programs?


    Learn more about regular programs at Waterloo

    * Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the university’s own quality assurance processes have been completed and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.