At this time, the pilot co-op program is only offered to students majoring in Biochemistry, the Biotechnology stream of the Biology specialized honours program, Chemistry, Environmental Biology and Environmental Science.
Students enrolling in the co-op program generally need to have completed at least 48 credits, which includes most of year one and year two core courses in their major. Also students must normally have a minimum GPA of 6.5. Because this is a pilot program the requirements are somewhat flexible.
How to Apply
Contact the Faculty co-op coordinator in the SAS office during the winter term of your first year of study. The coordinator will assess whether or not you are admissible provisionally or conditionally. Provisional means you are close to and likely to meet requirements. Conditional means that your GPA must be significantly increased. The two most common reasons you might not be admitted include low GPA or too many or too few courses completed.
Enrol in the COOP2000 2.0 Professional Communications course. This course must be completed before starting your first work term. It is offered in the fall term so that your job search can take place in the following winter and your first work term the subsequent summer. The course will count as elective credit towards your degree program. As such, although you pay for the course, that is not an additional co-op fee since you would be paying for the required credits anyway.
Enrolling in the Program
This will take place at early in the winter term following completion of COOP2000 2.0. If you were provisionally admitted and your academic standing has continued largely unchanged you will be enrolled in the program. If you were conditionally admitted you must have raised your GPA. In both cases you must be enrolled in and complete the winter term courses required in your major.
At this stage you will pay a fee that goes towards the job search and administrative services of the Career Centre. The fee is non-refundable; in essence you enter a contract with the Career Centre. They will provide services, but you are expected to engage actively in the job search process. You will not get a job for a work term if you do not.
Overview of the Process
- Winter of 1st year: meet with Faculty of Science Co-op coordinator to discuss interest and possibilities; obtain provisional or conditional admission
- Fall term of 2nd year: Enroll in SC/COOP 2000 2.00 Introductory Professional Communications
- Winter term of 2nd year: gain full admission to the program; attend mandatory Career Centre Workshop for co-op students; create and polish resume, cover letter, and job search tools; apply for positions and attend interviews
- Winter term of 2nd year: complete your academic courses successfully; this ensures your ability to proceed to a work term
- Winter term of 2nd year: If offered, accept co-op position
- Summer term: enrol in co-op work term course, SC/COOP 2001 0.00(Pass/Fail course); set learning goals agreement; employer evaluates performance; submit work term report
- Fall term of 3rd year: Return to York for full time studies