Science Co-operative Education

Requirements and Considerations

Each discipline in the Science Co-op Program has different admission requirements. However, the process of applying to the Co-op program is the same for all disciplines. Students are encouraged to join Science Co-op at least two semesters prior to the one you plan on working.

It is important to note that at SFU Co-op we look at each student individually. If you are not quite sure that you are eligible based on the specific requirements, the best thing to do is come and talk with a Coordinator.

Things to Consider

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

  • All undergraduate students are expected to complete four work terms, alternating between work and study semesters. Students not intending to complete four 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! You are encouraged to attend the workshops because they are held for your benefit.     
  • Don't worry if you didn't get a job immediately since the majority of our students get placed later in the semester! The lightning round (which starts at the same time classes end) is a very busy time for Co-op. 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!

Discipline-Specific Admission Requirements

Biological Sciences

  • Before your first work term you should have completed at least 45 credit hours.    
  • You should have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better.    
  • You must commit to completing a total of 4 work placements.  Many of the Biological Science placements are located outside the Lower Mainland and students should be willing to relocate.

Contact Your Coordinator

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

Chemistry

  • Before your first work term you should have completed at least 40 credit hours.    
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into their academic schedule.

Contact Your Coordinator

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

Earth Science

  • Complete a minimum of 45 credit hours prior to the first work term.   
  • You must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75.    
  • You are advised to have at least one quantitative/qualitative research course    
  • You must commit to completing a total of 4 work placements. Many of the Environmental Science placements are located outside the Lower Mainland and students should be willing to relocate.    
  • 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

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Undergraduate:
In order to be admitted to the Science Co-op Program, Statistics or Actuarial Science students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and not more than 90 credit hours prior to the first work term.
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.75.
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into their 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

Mathematics & MSSC

Undergraduate:
In order to be admitted to the Science & Environment Co-op Program, Mathematics students must:     

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and not more than 90 credit hours prior to the first work term.    
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.75.    
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into their 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)

  • Complete a minimum of 45 credit hours prior to the first work term. 
  • You must have a cumulative grade point average of 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

  • Before your first work term you should have completed at least 40 credit hours.    
  • You should have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 or better.     
  • Have a viable plan to integrate three or four co-op work terms into their academic schedule.

Contact Your Coordinator

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