X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Economics (Co-op) (ECON:C)

Department of Economics and Finance, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

The Economics Co-op program provides an integrated academic/work experience for students with co-operating employer organizations. Students in the program complete 4-5 work terms while fulfilling the requirements of their honours Economics program.

All co-op students must complete the Economics core plus an introductory computer science course (CIS*), ECON*2770 and ECON*3740 in their first 4 semesters. Admission in the co-op program is limited to students of high academic standing and will be considered only at semester 1 entry or at the end of semester 2. The first 2 work terms normally follow completion of the first 4 semesters of academic study. Students will only be permitted to take these work terms if they are eligible to continue in the Honours Economics program, have completed the required courses and are maintaining a satisfactory standing in their Economics program. The 3rd and 4th work terms will normally follow the 6th academic semester. For further information on the Economics Co-op program students are urged to consult the department's Program Guide and Co-operative Education Programs in Section X-degree Programs in this calendar.

Students should review the Economics section in the schedule of studies for additional program information.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Economics is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Economics Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 COOP*4000 Work Term IV COOP*5000 Work Term V
5 Academic Semester 7 Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Educationweb site.

Credit Summary (22.00 Total Credits)*

9.50 - Required Core Courses

1.50 - Humanities credits from at least two subject areas (BA distribution requirement)

0.50 - Social Science credit outside of ECON (BA distribution requirement)

8.50 – Electives

2.00 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.50

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1
ECON*1050 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
One of:
MATH*1030 [0.50] Business Mathematics
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
MATH*1200 [0.50] Calculus I
1.50 electives
Semester 2 (Winter)
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
One computer science course
1.50 electives
Summer Semester
Optional -- at the discretion of the student.
Semester 3 (Fall)
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
ECON*2310 [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2410 [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*2740 [0.50] Economic Statistics
ECON*2770 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
0.50 electives
Semester 4 (Winter)
ECON*3740 [0.50] Introduction to Econometrics
One economic history course*
1.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Semester 5 (Winter)
ECON*3810 [0.50] Advanced Macroeconomics
1.00 credits in Economics or Finance at the 3000 level
1.00 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 (Fall)
ECON*3710 [0.50] Advanced Microeconomics
0.50 credits in Economics or Finance at the 4000 level (ECON*4640 is recommended)
1.50 electives
Winter Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Summer Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term V
Semester 7 (Fall)
ECON*4710 [0.50] Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
0.50 credits in Economics or Finance at the 4000 level
1.00 electives
0.50 restricted electives
Semester 8 (Winter)
ECON*4810 [0.50] Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics
0.50 credits in Economics or Finance at the 4000 level
1.50 electives
*the economic history course may be taken in any semester
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