FAQs - Academics

Do I need to register for courses if I expect to be completing a work term during the upcoming academic year?

Even if students are scheduled to complete a co-op work term during the upcoming academic year, students should still register for courses in case they do not secure a work term.


Do I need to follow the academic work term schedule set for students by the Co-op Office?

Unless there are extenuating circumstances where a student is not able (such as course availability or switching degrees), they are expected to follow the set schedule.  Students are to notify their Co-op Coordinator as soon as they are aware of an issue (minimum of four months before a scheduled work term).


Do the credits I earn for my co-op work terms count as credits I earn towards my degree?

Undergraduate students starting their first Co-op work term during or after the summer of 2020 will receive 2 credit hours for each Co-op course completed (up to a total of 6 credit hours, counting as two elective courses towards graduation requirements). Undergraduate students who have started their first Co-op work term prior to the summer 2020 term, will receive 3 credit hours upon completion of their third Co-op work term (counting as one elective course towards graduation requirements).

Is my overall grade point average (GPA) affected by my co-op work term grade?

The CGPA is not affected by the grade received for a co-op work term. Students will receive a Pass or Fail grade for their co-op work term, which is determined by successful completion of work term assignments.


Can I withdraw from co-op at any time?

Students are required to speak with their Co-op Coordinator if they are considering withdrawing from the program. There are certain conditions that prevent a student from being able to withdraw without consequence.


I’m completing a double major degree. Will I be able to apply to positions related to both disciplines?

Students will be granted access to view positions from both disciplines if completing a double major.


Will co-op extend the length of time it takes to finish my degree?

Co-op students will typically graduate one term later than their initial graduation date. This is because one work term will take place during a fall or winter semester (when most students would be in classes). It may be possible to finish the degree within the initial timeframe; discuss the options with a Co-op Coordinator.


What if I want to pursue a master’s degree after my undergrad?

Many graduate programs accept applications throughout the year; therefore, graduating later than intended should not affect a student’s ability to apply. It is, however, important to check with the school regarding application deadlines.


What if I’m considering medical school?

There are some extraordinary opportunities for pre-med students in the co-op program; but, they do tend to be rare due to liability issues. It is important to note that graduation may be postponed by one term to complete graduation requirements. Since medical school typically begins in the fall of each year, Co-op students who graduate a term late may use this extra time to gain valuable work/volunteer experience or prepare for the MCAT.


Can I take courses while on a work term?

Students can take one 3-credit hour course while on a work term. It is highly recommended to choose an evening or online class so that it does not conflict with work hours. If a student registers for a course that takes place during work hours, they will need to obtain written permission from their work supervisor and will be expected to make up the missed time.