Science Cooperative Education is an integrated approach to higher education that enables highly motivated students to alternate academic terms with paid, relevant work experience in their chosen field.  Successful co-op graduates complete a standard academic degree program, as well as several co-op work terms in jobs related to their studies.  The term "cooperative education” emphasizes the partnership between the employer, the student and McMaster University.

Currently we offer 14 co-op programs: 

Actuarial & Financial Mathematics
Biochemistry
Biology & Pharmacology
BioPhysics
Chemical Biology
Chemistry
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geography & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Mathematics & Statistics
Medical & Health Physics
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Physics

Don’t see a program for you? You can still obtain relevant experience by enrolling in our Experiential Education courses.

Co-op Sequence

Students admitted into the co-op program in fall of 3rd year will have completed a minimum of 5 academic terms before going out on their first work term. Work terms are interspersed with academic study, as follows:

Work/Study Sequence

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fifth Year

Fall

Winter

Summer

Fall

Winter

Summer

Fall

Winter


Actuarial & Financial Mathematics

Biophysics
Biochemistry
Chemical Biology 
Chemistry
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geog. & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Mathematics & Statistics
Medical Physics 
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Physics

Academic Term
Work Term
Work Term
Academic Term
Academic Term
Work Term
Work Term
Academic Term

Biology & Pharmacology

Academic
Term
Academic
Term
Work Term
Academic Term
Work Term
Senior Thesis
Work Term
Academic Term

We've built our success by providing quality academic program and work opportunities in conjunction with personalized service to students and employers. With programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education, employers and students can be assured that our programs meet and exceed national quality standards.

For more information regarding program requirements please consult the course calendar or drop by the Science Career & Cooperative Education office in BSB 127.

 

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