All programs in the Department of Physics & Astronomy have an available co-op option. Science co-op program requirements are outlined on the Academic Calendar

The first work term will be in the winter of second year (after your 2A term). The typical sequence is as follows:

Program Year

1

2 3 4 5
Schedule

Fall - 1A

  • Study

Winter - 1B

  • Study

Spring

  • Off

Fall - 2A

  • Study

Winter 

  • Co-op 1

Spring - 2B

  • Study

Fall

  • Co-op 2*

Winter

  • Co-op 3*

Spring - 3A

  • Study

Fall - 3B

  • Co-op 4

Winter

  • Study

Spring

  • Co-op 5

Fall - 4A

  • Study

Winter - 4B

  • Study

* Co-op 2 and 3 can be completed by one eight month placement or two four month placements. 


Professional Development (PD) courses 

  • A total of four PD courses are required to graduate with the co-op distinction.
    • PD 1 is completed during your 2A term (before your first co-op term). In this course you will learn how to make a resume, the job application process, interview tips, and more. 
    • PD 11 is completed during your first co-op term. In this course you will learn how to write and submit a work term report.  
    • The remaining two PD courses will be taken during subsequent co-op terms. 

      >> Full Professional Development program details

      >> Additonal PD resources

Work term reports 

  • Three (3) work term reports must be completed to graduate with the co-op distinction. 
    • Your first work term report will be completed as part of PD 11.
    • Work-term reports two and three will be recorded on the transcript as WKRPT 200S and WKRPT 300S.  Work-term reports are normally completed according to the following schedule:

      Work-term report two is normally completed by the end of the second work term and must be completed by the end of the third work term. Students who do not successfully complete their second work-term report by the end of their third work term will be removed from the co-op program.

      Work-term report three is normally completed by the end of the fourth work term but may be completed at the end of the fifth work term.
    • The subsequent work term reports must be submitted online and on time on the Cooperator website.
    • Work term reports must follow the Faculty of Science Work Term Report Guidelines.