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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.

Student Testimonial
“For my first work term, I received a grant to found Northern Girl Fitness and publish a health and fitness journal to help others set and track their health goals.In my second work term, the Menich Award funded my job promoting physical activity at Parkwood Mennonite Home, where I launched a walking campaign for which I was recognized by Senior Care Canada.”

Heather Tunks, Kinesiology, Class of 2017

Applied Water Science Co-op

Applied Water Science is an interdisciplinary program jointly operated by the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Environmental Studies.

Students completing an Applied Water Science degree learn about hydrology, limnology, biogeochemistry, toxicology, biology, water governance and policy.

The first eight-month co-op work term starts in the winter term of third year, followed by a second eight-month work term beginning in the summer of fourth year.

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP), which is available to students 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

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

"My co-op position as a help desk analyst at Faithlife Financial allowed me to advance my skills. Working with the IT team allowed me to experience many
areas of IT, including application development. "

Scott Cosentino, PEP, Class of 2018

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