In the Co-op Program, your education formally integrates your academic study with work experience in co-operating employer organizations. Our employers also know this mandate and take our Co-op Program and our Co-op students seriously. It is the integration of academics with work experience that differentiates our co-op program from general work experience. You demonstrate this academics-work integration explicitly by taking COOP*1100, and during your Co-op Work Terms, writing Learning Goals, completing a Work Report Proposal and Work Report, and submitting your Employer’s Work Performance Evaluation.

You can apply to the Co-op Program directly from high school. You will be required to complete three Co-op Work Terms as part of this five-year program. An optional 4th co-op work term is available. You may apply to the Co-op Program as an 'in course admission' before the end of your first semester of University. Application details.

As a Co-op student, it is important to maintain regular and frequent connections with both your Co-op Coordinator (in the Co-operative Education and Career Services (CECS) Office and Co-op Advisor (in your Program Counselling Office). These two are partners in your progress through the Co-op Program, although it is ultimately your responsibility to know and understand the Co-op Program Policy Agreement.

You will note that your Schedule of Studies includes both Work Terms and Academic Terms. You may not alter this sequence without explicit approval from both your Co-op Advisor and the Co-op Program Office. Careful planning and consultation with the Co-op Advisor is essential when planning courses, since some of the program requirements in the degree program are not offered each semester.

The Co-op Experience

In Semester 2 (Winter semester of your first year in the B.Sc.(Env.) program), you are required to take COOP*1100. This is a pass/fail credit course that Co-op students must complete before they begin their first Co-op Work Term. This course is designed to prepare you for success in all aspects of the Co-op program including your job search skills, work performance and networking abilities. 

In order to participate beyond first year in the Co-op program, you must meet the criteria for advancement as outlined in the Co-op Program Policy Agreement. Specifically, you must be enrolled full-time, have at least a 70% cumulative average in semester one and two, and pass COOP*1100.

In the semester prior to a scheduled Work Term, you will be in a “Job Search” semester. You are required to engage in an active job search process. Details of which are outlined on the CECS website. You will work closely with your Co-op Coordinator during this process. 

During your Work Term, your focus is on your work responsibilities. If you have questions about your work experience or situation, contact your Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible. In addition to your work place responsibilities, you have a number of other tasks to complete during your Co-op Work Semester. The Co-op Planning Tool is designed to help you keep track of your academic responisibilities while on your Co-op Work Term. Please note, the Work Performance Evaluation tied to your Recruit Guelph Account will be emailed to your supervisor the last month of your term. If your supervisor requests a soft copy or is unable to open the link below - please contact Lindsay Peddle for assistance. If you are completing an 8 month Work Term, please contact your Co-op Advisor for Guidelines, Evaluation Forms and specific due dates. 

The following links provide detailed requirements for your 4 month Work Term Semester:

To graduate with the Co-op Program designation, you must satisfactorily complete COOP*1100 and a minimum of three Co-op Work Terms. For each Co-op Work Term you need to receive a passing Work Performance Evaluation and a grade of satisfactory or higher on your work report. Only with all requirements successfully completed will your transcript reflect completion of the Co-op Program.

Co-op Credits

As of Summer 2019, there was a change to how co-op students are granted credit for co-op terms completed and in progress.

Starting in S19, when you look at your Program/Academic Evaluation in WebAdvisor, credit for each co-op work term completed is included in the calculation of your ‘earned’ credits, but does not count toward the 20.00 academic credit minimum required to graduate from the B.Sc.(Env.) degree program. This means starting S19, you will need to add 0.50 credits to your remaining credits for each co-op term completed, including S19 and moving forward.

In order to be eligible to graduate, your academic credits must total least 20.00. Any co-op term completed in S19 and beyond will require the addition of 0.50 credits to the 20.00 academic credits required to graduate (i.e. if you complete your first co-op work term in W20 and follow the sequence of co-op terms outlined in your schedule of studies, you will require at least 21.50 credits to graduate).

Co-op Students - Requesting Re-admission into Co-op

If you have been required to withdraw from the Co-op program after First Year Review and you have medical, psychological or compassionate grounds to submit a request for re-admission into the Co-operative Education program, please see the link to the Co-op and Career Services website for information on deadlines and process.

For More Information

Please contact your Co-op Coordinator or Co-op Advisor (information below) or refer to the Co-operative and Career Services website.

Co-op Coordinators

Lindsay Peddle
Co-op Coordinator, Bachelor of Science Programs
519-824-4120 x54277 | (mobile) 226-218-2821
Co-operative Education & Career Services

Andrew J. Kramer
Co-op Co-ordinator, Bachelor of Science Programs
519-824-4120 x52515 | (mobile) 519-212-0517
Co-operative Education & Career Services

Co-op Advisor

Carie Devitt
Johnston Hall, Room 133A
519-824-4120 x 58475

The University of Guelph Environmental Sciences Co-op Program has a strong reputation with employers that continually recruit.