Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

Secondary Programs

Honours students have a wide choice of secondary programs available to them. Honours students in all programs may be eligible for the Management Option, Applied Mathematics Option, Environmental Science Option (for Honours Biology and Chemistry students), or the various arts Options, (refer to the Faculty of Arts chapter for details) 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, Computer Science, and Photonics 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.

Management 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

"Co-operative education," a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates a student's academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to the student's academic and personal goals. All full-time honours students in the Faculty of Science may apply for the Co-op Option.

Both work and academic terms are full-time and follow a formalized sequence. 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.

Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Each work term is developed in collaboration with the employer and approved by the Department of Co-operative Education as a suitable learning environment that will engage the student in productive work. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option.

The student's performance in the workplace is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer. Co-op staff members monitor each student's progress during the work term. The co-op curriculum supports student learning goals, personal evaluation and reflection; students are required to set goals each term and write work term reports.  Students are normally compensated by their employers for work performed, but occasionally may be eligible to accept a volunteer position.

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

To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete 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.

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 online application,
  2. full-time registration in an honours degree program,
  3. submission of a r้sum้,
  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 may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

The only entry point for Science Co-op is at the beginning of second year. Students who withdraw or are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program.

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 BSc Computer Science, BSc Computing & Computer Electronics or BA Financial Mathematics and BBA Double Degree Co-op Option

"Co-operative education," a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates a student's academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to the student's academic and personal goals.

Both work and academic terms are full-time and follow a formalized sequence. The time spent in the workplace comprises at least 30% of the time spent in academic study. Co-op work terms are approximately the length of each study term. Students are exposed to the work environment during more than one season of the year and their co-op programs begin and end on an academic term.

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

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.

Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Each work term is developed in collaboration with the employer and approved by the Department of Co-operative Education as a suitable learning environment that will engage the student in productive work. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option.

The student's performance in the workplace is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer. Co-op staff members monitor each student's progress during the work term. The co-op curriculum supports student learning goals, personal evaluation and reflection; students are required to set goals each term and write work term reports.  Students are compensated by their employers for work performed.

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.

 To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete 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.

Application Procedure

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

Students in these double degree programs indicate their intention to participate in the Co-op Option by enrolling online by Monday of the second week of classes in Year 2.

Students who withdraw or are removed from a double degree program before their first work term and who register in an alternate honours program may not continue in co-op unless they are successful in the competitive co-op admission process at the beginning of second year, as outlined in the applicable Co-operative Education Option section of the calendar.

The only entry point for co-op is at the beginning of second year. Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program. Exemption: Double degree students who have completed at least one work term may transfer to a single degree program if their overall first-year GPA met the minimum set by the Co-op Office that year and they received an overall evaluation of at least "Satisfactory" from their co-op employer and they met the academic requirements for both degree programs.

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

"Co-operative education," a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates a student's academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to the student's academic and personal goals. Full-time Honours BSc Computing & Computer Electronics, Honours BA and BSc Computer Science and Honours BSc Photonics may apply for the Professional Experience Program Option.

Both work and academic terms are full-time and follow a formalized sequence.  The time spent in the workplace comprises at least 30% of the time spent in academic study. Co-op Internships normally commence once 50% of the academic program is complete and are normally 12 to 16 months in length. Students are exposed to the work environment during more than one season of the year and their co-op programs begin and end on an academic term.

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.

Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Each work term is developed in collaboration with the employer and approved by the Department of Co-operative Education as a suitable learning environment that will engage the student in productive work. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option.

The student's performance in the workplace is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer. Co-op staff members monitor each student's progress during the work term. The co-op curriculum supports student learning goals, personal evaluation and reflection; students are required to set goals each term and write work term reports.  Students are compensated by their employers for work performed.

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

To obtain the Professional Experience Program designation, students must complete 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.

Application Procedure

Students apply for the Professional Experience Program by the second Monday of classes in Year 3 and then apply for appropriate job postings.

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 online application,
  2. full-time registration in Honours Computing & Computer Electronics or Honours Computer Science.

The only entry point for PEP is at the beginning of third year. Students who withdraw or are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in PEP, even if they are later reinstated into that program.

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be 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.