Co-op in Chemistry

Co-operative Education is an academic program that integrates study with paid, discipline-related work experience. Co-op students gain an enriched understanding of their academic program through practical application. In addition they refine their employability skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in their field, and gain an understanding of the realities of the workplace.

To graduate with the Co-op Option, students complete three 4-month Co-op work terms (with an optional fourth) or a 12- or 16-month internship between their third and fourth years of study. Students that complete three Co-op work terms, or an internship, will receive 3 credit-hours, counting as one elective course for graduation requirements.

Students typically enrol in Co-op at the beginning of their second year of study, but third-year students are also welcome. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

All Co-op students attend workshops and receive one-on-one coaching in job preparation skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, business ethics, and more.

For further details on Co-op, please visit the Co-op website.

Visit the Chemistry Department.

Student Testimonial

tl_files/sites/co-op/resources/Lacey_Reid.jpg"I have discovered through successive Co-op work terms that I enjoy having one or more of my own projects on the go while working in a lab with others, in an environment where we can bounce ideas off one another to suggest better methods or get around particular problems in our respective projects.  It is because of this discovery that I am excited to go on to pursue graduate studies in chemistry after completing my degree program at Acadia."

Lacey Reid
'10 BSc Chemistry and Biology (Co-op Option)

Co-op Work Terms
        - Rubber Testing Lab Assistant, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., Waterville, NS
        - Organic Chemistry Research Assistant, German Academic Exchange Program, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
        - Synthetic Chemistry Co-op Student, Sepracor Canada Inc., Windsor, NS
        - Research Assistant, Joggins Fossils Cliffs, Joggins NS

Currently pursuing Masters at Queens University