Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2008/2009
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Secondary Programs

Honours students have a wide choice of secondary programs available to them. Honours students in all programs may be eligible for the Administration Option, Applied Mathematics Option, Environmental Science Option (for Honours Biology and Chemistry students), or the Urban Studies Option, (refer to the Faculty of Arts chapter for the details of this program) and the Co-operative Education Option, a work-study program. All common and program requirements for the secondary program must be fulfilled.

Honours Computing & Computer Electronics and Computer Science students are also eligible for the Professional Experience Program, but may receive designation for only one of the Co-operative Education and Professional Experience Program Options.

In addition to the secondary programs listed above, an honours student may choose to organize their elective courses in such a way as to meet the requirements for a minor(s) in a subject other than the honours discipline(s) or option.    

Administration Option

Refer to Faculty of Science main page.

 
Applied Mathematics Option

Refer to Faculty of Science main page.

 
Environmental Science Option

Refer to Faculty of Science main page.

 
Co-operative Education Option

Associate Director of Co-operative Education: Karen McCargar, BA, ext. 4105

All full-time honours students in the Faculty of Science may apply for the Co-op Option, which provides an opportunity for participants to integrate their academic studies with work experience in co-operating organizations.

Faculty of Science co-op students complete two work terms of at least 10 weeks each, in approved employment related to their discipline or career goals. Students begin the first work term after completing at least four academic terms. Normally work terms will be completed during the summer after Year 2 and Year 3, although work term requirements may also be fulfilled through full- or part-time positions scheduled during one academic year.

To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete successfully all the requirements of both their academic program and the option. For a complete description of the academic program, refer to the academic requirements of the departments offering honours programs.

Students completing the option will have the notation "Co-operative Option" appended to their transcript and noted on their degree. No academic credit is given for participation in co-op.

The development of suitable work term positions for co-op students is under the direction of the Department of Co-operative Education. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option. Co-op staff members evaluate each position to determine whether it will provide productive work and a suitable learning experience, and they monitor each student's progress during the work term. Employers provide supervision and evaluate the performance of their students. Students are compensated by their employers for work performed, unless students elect to accept volunteer positions.

A co-op fee is payable in each academic term of Year 2 and Year 3.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applying for admission to Science Co-op is the second Monday of classes in September of Year 2. However, students are encouraged to apply for admission to co-op during the winter term of Year 1, by the deadline date for preregistration for the next academic year. Enrolment in co-op is limited, and the admission process is highly competitive.
Application procedure includes: 

  1. completion of an application form,
  2. submission of a résumé,
  3. full-time registration in an honours degree program,
  4. an admission interview.

 In order to qualify for an admission interview in September of Year 2, applicants must obtain a minimum GPA of 7.00 overall in Year 1 or a minimum GPA of 7.00 in their honours discipline courses and a minimum GPA of 6.50 overall in Year 1. Selection of candidates is based on their academic record, performance during the interview, recent work experience, and recent volunteer service and extracurricular activities. Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there is a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

For further information, contact:
Department of Co-operative Education
Wilfrid Laurier University
192 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Telephone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 4484

 
Honours Computer Science or Computing & Computer Electronics and BBA Double Degree Co-op Option

The Co-op Option provides an opportunity for participants to integrate their academic studies with work experience in co-operating organizations.

Co-op students in this program begin their alternating sequence of four-month work and study terms at the end of Year 2. Honours Computer Science or Computing & Computer Electronics (BSc) and Business Administration (BBA) double degree program co-op students accumulate 12 to 16 months of practical work experience through three to four terms of four months each, and graduate within four and two-thirds to five years.

To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete successfully all the requirements of both their academic program and the option. Students completing the option will have the notation "Co-operative Option" appended to their transcript and noted on their degree. No academic credit is given for participation in co-op.

The development of suitable work term employment for co-op students is under the direction of the Department of Co-operative Education. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option. Co-op staff members evaluate each position to determine whether it will provide productive work and a suitable learning experience, and they monitor each student's progress during the work term. Employers provide supervision and evaluate  the performance of their students. Students are compensated by their employers for work performed.

Co-op students follow the same academic program as regular students. Because of the alternating pattern of work and study terms, there may be some differences in the scheduling of individual courses.

A co-op fee is payable in each academic term of Year 2 and Year 3. Students will be charged one additional fee in the academic term of Year 4 that precedes the final work term. Students not pursuing a fourth work term may apply for a refund.

Application Procedure

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there is a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

Students in the double degree program indicate their intention to participate in the Co-op Option by submitting a Co-op Option enrolment form by the second Monday of August following Year 1.

Students who withdraw from the double degree program and register in an alternate honours program may not continue in co-op unless they are successful in the competitive co-op admission process as outlined in the applicable Co-operative Education Option section of the calendar.

For further information, contact the Department of Co-operative Education at the address provided in the previous section.

 
Professional Experience Program Option

Associate Director of Co-operative Education: Karen McCargar, BA, ext. 4105

The Co-op Option provides an opportunity for full-time Honours BSc Computing & Computer Electronics and Honours BA and BSc Computer Science students to integrate their academic studies with work experience in co-operating organizations.

The Professional Experience Program Option requires students to complete one work term of 12 to 16 months, in approved employment related to their discipline. The work term is conducted after Year 3 of the program. Students in the option graduate approximately 12 months after students in the regular program.

To obtain the Professional Experience Program designation, students must complete successfully all the requirements of both their academic program and the option. Students completing the option will have the notation "Professional Experience Program Option" appended to their transcript and noted on their degree. No academic credit is given for participation in this option.

The development of suitable work-term positions for Professional Experience Program students is under the direction of the Department of Co-operative Education. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions. Co-op staff members evaluate each position to determine whether it will provide productive work and a suitable learning experience, and they monitor each student's progress during the work term. Employers provide supervision and evaluate the performance of their students. Students are compensated by their employers for work performed. Employment is not guaranteed, however.

Students pay a co-op fee in the fall and winter terms of Year 3, and after a probationary employment period.

Application Procedure

Students apply for the Professional Experience Program in the fall of Year 3 and then apply for appropriate job postings.
Application procedure includes:

  1. completion of an application form,
  2. full-time registration in Honours Computing & Computer Electronics or Honours Computer Science.

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there is a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

For further information, contact the Department of Co-operative Education at the address provided in the Co-operative Education Option section.

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

July 16, 2008 Editorial Revision: BA and BSc Computer Science program added to PEP program.