PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Thank you for your interest in the SFU Science Co-operative Education (Co-op) Program. See the table to find out when you can start working and follow the easy steps below to submit your application today.

ADMISSION 
TO THE FACULTY OF 
SCIENCE

ADMISSION TO THE FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT

CREDIT HOURS

CREDIT
HOURS

WORK PERMITS
(INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

WORK PERMITS (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Step 1

Please ensure you have reviewed the Admission Requirements below for your specific major.

Step 2

Attend the Science Co-op Information session held at the start of each semester. Check the Important Dates page for times and locations.

Step 3

Complete the General Co-op Application* form found here: Application Form.

Things to Consider

There are certain expectations of all students who join Science Co-op.  These include:     

  • All undergraduate students are expected to complete a minimum of 3 work terms, alternating between work and study semesters. Students not intending to complete at least 3 work terms will not be admitted.
  • Acceptance into the Co-op program does not guarantee placement in a work term. Students are required to apply for posted positions, and it is the employers who determine the applicants to be interviewed and hired.     
  • New students should ideally join Co-op two semesters prior to your first Co-op work placement.     
  • Searching for a Co-op work term is a lot like taking an extra course. Writing cover letters, preparing for and attending interviews, and attending Co-op workshops takes a lot of time and effort ¬≠but it pays off! 
  • Don't worry if you didn't get a job immediately since many of our students get placed later in the semester. Hang in there! Some of our best jobs come in late in the semester.    
  • Expect to have FUN too! The Co-op staff are happy to help you (drop-ins for quick questions, and appointments for longer questions), and the Co-op Program is always looking for ways to keep students involved and excited.

Requirements 

Each discipline in the Science Co-op Program has different admission requirements, but the application process itself is the same for all disciplines. Students are encouraged to join Science Co-op at least two semesters prior to the semester in which they intend to be working.

SFU Co-op considers each student individually.  If you are not sure of your eligibility based on the specific program requirements, please come and speak with a Science Co-op Coordinator.

Biological Sciences

  • Completed at least 45 credit hours prior to your first work term.   
  • Have a CGPA of at least 2.75.    
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four work terms into your academic schedule.
  • Be willing to relocate - many of the Biological Science placements are located outside the Lower Mainland.

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Stuart Billings
778-782-5934
sbilling@sfu.ca

Chemistry

  • Completed at least 40 credit hours prior to your first work term.
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into your academic schedule.

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Natalie Erickson
778-782-4654
natalie_erickson@sfu.ca

Earth Science

  • Completed at least 45 credit hours prior to your first work term.   
  • Have a CGPA of at least 2.75.    
  • You are advised to have completed at least one quantitative/qualitative research course    
  • You must commit to completing at least 3 work terms.
  • Be willing to relocate - many of the Earth Science placements are located outside the Lower Mainland.    
  • You are advised to have strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, and if possible some familiarity with GIS and GPS).    
  • Many of the resource-based positions require a basic working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Paul DeGrace
778-782-3115
degrace@sfu.ca

Mathematics, Data Science, Mathematics and Computing Science (MACM), and Operations Research (OR)

Undergraduate:

  • Completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and not more than 90 credit hours prior to your first work term.    
  • MACM - have a CGPA of at least 2.5 
  • MATH, Data Science, OR - have a CGPA of at least 2.75
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into your academic schedule. 

Graduate:

  • Interested graduate level students should discuss their individual interests with the Co-op coordinator and with their academic supervisor.

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Stuart Billings
778-782-5934
sbilling@sfu.ca

MBB (& Joint Majors in MBB/BUS & MBB/CMPT)

  • Completed a minimum of 45 credit hours prior to your first work term. 
  • Have a CGPA of at least 2.75. 
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into their academic schedule.

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Susan Mandley
778-782-4694
smandley@sfu.ca

Physics

  • Completed a minimum of 40 hours prior to your first work term.   
  • Have a CGPA of at least 2.67. 
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into your academic schedule.

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Natalie Erickson
778-782-4654
natalie_erickson@sfu.ca

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Undergraduate:

  • Completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and not more than 90 credit hours prior to your first work term.
  • Have a CGPA of at least 2.75.
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into your academic schedule.

Graduate:

  • Interested graduate level students should discuss their individual interests with the Co-op Coordinator and with their academic supervisor.

CONTACT YOUR COORDINATOR

Natalie Erickson
778-782-4654
natalie_erickson@sfu.ca

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APPLICATION DEADLINE February 5, 2018 June 5, 2018 October 5, 2018