Experience: Co-op or regular

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 20 months of work experience
coinsEarn $38,000 - $85,000 over 5 terms to help pay for school
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?

 

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
     

    Victoria, a Knowledge Integration student, uses a drill while working on her team's museum exhibit

    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