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Science Co-op Program

Laurier’s Faculty of Science offers programs that are contemporary and competitive, designed to attract the highest quality students and to provide them with a stimulating education and thorough preparation for employment or further studies. Small class sizes in the science programs provide an opportunity for interaction between students and faculty and for practical laboratory learning. The faculty is a centre for research in the natural, physical and social sciences.

Science co-op is available to honours students in the following majors:

*Available as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

"My co-op position as a Research Assistant at Laurier with Professor Wartak helped me to put into practice the concepts I have been taught in physics, math and computer for the past two years. While involved with a team in modeling of semiconductor optical amplifiers using the transmission-line method, I learned valuable programming specific skills, as well as research, documentation and inquiry methods that will help me as a student and in my future career. The hands-on approach of my team-mates has made me learn more about my own capabilities in this rapidly growing field."

Alkris Warren, Photonics, class of 2015.

Applied Water Science Co-op

Administered by the Department of Biology, the program will train students in the underlying scientific principles and theory pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water. It will focus on how these scientific principles can be applied to improve the management and conservation of water and land resources.

Students admitted to this program (beginning in the fall of 2016) may apply for admission to co-op at the end of their second year. Those who achieve a minimum overall GPA of 8.0 at the end of year two will be eligible for a co-op admission interview. Students admitted to co-op will require five calendar years to meet their degree requirements and will be scheduled to complete two eight-month work terms between year three and five. The first work term will be scheduled during the winter and spring terms after the first half of third year, followed by an eight-month work term beginning in the spring term of year four. Students in this program pay the same co-op fees as students in Business and Economics Co-op programs.

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP), which is available to students in Honours Computing and Computer Electronics and Honours Computer Science includes a work term lasting from 12 to 16 months. Students normally pursue work terms in areas such as programming, networking technology, quality assurance, technical support or information technology consulting. PEP students complete their work term after third year and return to Laurier for their final year of study.

Academic Competencies

Computing and Computer Electronics

The aim of the Computing and Computer Electronics program is to develop an in-depth understanding of computer hardware and software, microprocessors, embedded systems, and software engineering.

By the end of the third year all Computing and Computer Electronics students will have developed competence in the following areas and tools:

  • software engineering
  • analog and digital electronics
  • data structures
  • optics and fibre optics
  • object-oriented programming
  • system programming
  • microprocessor systems and interfacing
  • electricity and magnetism
  • data communications and networks
  • thermodynamics and waves
  • differential and integral calculus
  • linear algebra

Computer Science

The aim of the Computer Science program is to develop strong algorithm analysis and design skills in procedural, object-oriented and low level languages. In addition to these essential concepts, students gain necessary experience in group work, project administration, and time management.

By the end of the third year all Computer Science students will have developed competence in the following areas and tools:

  • software engineering
  • algorithm design and analysis
  • data structures
  • operating systems
  • computer networks 
  • database
  • object-oriented programming
  • differential and integral calculus 
  • linear algebra

Programing Languages/Operating Systems

  • C, JAVA, Maple, Python
  • Linux, Windows, PalmOS
  • Assembly for Motorola 68000
  • Computing & Computer Electronics students will also have VHDL, Quartus II, PIC18 Assembly Language
  • Computer Science students will also have SQL

"Working as a technical support engineer at SAP Canada allowed me to demonstrate my academic knowledge in the real world. I was given the opportunity to troubleshoot a variety of technical problems alongside developers and IT staff from all around the globe. My 16 months with the company not only gave me experience that will aid my future employment search, but it also confirmed my interest in the field of computer science."

Michael Moriarty, class of 2013.

Work/Study Sequence


Fall (September-December)

Winter (January - April)

Spring (May-August)

Year 1

Study Term

Study Term

Summer Vacation

Year 2

Study Term

Study Term

Summer Vacation

Year 3

Study Term

Study Term

Work Term Begins

Year 4

Work Term Continues

Work Term Continues

Work Term Continues

Year 5

Study Term

Study Term

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus

T: 519.884.0710 x4484
F: 519.884.8829
Office Location: 192 King Street North

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Brantford Campus

T: 519.756.8228 x5844
Office Location: 38 Market Street