Arts and Science Co-op

Arts and Science Co-op Contact: askcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca

As an Arts & Science Co-op student, you have a team of Co-op staff working with you along your journey. From day one, you will be immersed in the world of work with COPB50H3/(COPD01H3): Foundations For Success In Arts & Science Co-op. You will have a chance to investigate career options, create and receive feedback on job search documents, interact with senior students, and gain insight into industry trends.

After successfully completing COPB50H3, you will receive your work term sequence and begin to work one-on-one with your Student Development Coordinator to tailor your job search documents (resume, cover letter) and develop interview preparation skills by conducting mock interviews). This takes place in COPB51H3/(COPD03H3): Preparing To Compete For Your Co-op Work Term where you will further develop your job search skills to compete for work terms in industries specific to your program area. Typically, this begins eight months (two semesters) before your first scheduled work term. Once you have completed this preparation, you will be ready to begin competing for work term positions.

There are three Co-op courses available to support you in your work term job competition:

  • COPB52H3/(COPD11H3): Managing Your Job Search and Transition To Work (taken when seeking your first Co-op work term)
  • COPC98H3/(COPD12H3): Integrating Your Work Term Experience I (taken when seeking your second Co-op work term)
  • COPC99H3/(COPD13H3): Integrating Your Work Term Experience II (taken when seeking your third Co-op work term)

These courses are taken during the respective terms where you are seeking work.

When you’re on a work term, you’ll be enrolled in a work term course for your program area. This helps to facilitate communication and support while in the workplace. 
You are automatically enrolled for all Co-op courses by the Arts & Science Co-op Office based on your program area and work term sequence.

You can complete a minimum of two or three paid work term experiences in an area related to your studies while completing your BA or BSc. Work terms are four, eight, or 12 months in duration and can be in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), across Canada, or internationally.

While the Co-op program requires a minimum CGPA of 2.5 to remain in the Co-op program, there are specific work term eligibility requirements for each academic program, such as a minimum number of courses, program-specific grade point average (GPA), and successful completion of required courses. For details, view the academic program sections of the calendar linked below:

Calendar Section

Co-op Program

Biology

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Science)

Chemistry

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Biological Chemistry (Science)
  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Chemistry (Science)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Biochemistry (Science)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Chemistry (Science)

City Studies

  • Major (Co-operative) Program in City Studies (Arts)

Computer Science

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Computer Science (Science)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Computer Science (Science)

English

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in English (Arts)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in English (Arts)

Environmental Science

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Environmental Biology (Science)
  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Environmental Chemistry (Science)
  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Environmental Geoscience (Science)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Environmental Science

French

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in French (Arts)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in French (Arts)

Health Studies

  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Health Studies - Health Policy (Arts)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Health Studies - Population Health (Science)

History

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in History (Arts)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in History (Arts)

Linguistics

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Linguistics (Arts)
  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Psycholinguistics (Arts)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Linguistics (Arts)

Mathematics

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Mathematics (Science)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Mathematics (Science)

Neuroscience

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Neuroscience (Science)

Philosophy

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Philosophy (Arts)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Philosophy (Arts)

Physics and Astrophysics

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Environmental Physics (Science)

Psychology

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Mental Health Studies (Science)
  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Psychology (Science)

Public Policy

  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Public Policy (Arts)

Statistics

  • Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Statistics (Science)
  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Statistics (Science)

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • Major (Co-operative) Program in Women's And Gender Studies (Arts)

Internal Application Requirements

Enrolment into an Arts & Science Co-op program is limited to ensure that students receive a high level of assistance from our team, as well as quality work terms. Admission to the program is based on several factors including:

  • Academic achievement
  • Aptitude in applicable academic areas
  • Previous work/volunteer experience
  • Good communication skills

The majority of our students apply to Co-op directly from high school, but a limited number of current UTSC students can apply to Co-op when they choose their subject POSt in April or July.

For more information on the admissions process as well as on the minimum CGPA requirement for a specific program, please visit the Arts and Science Co-op website.

Status in Co-op Programs:
Status in an Arts & Science Co-op program will be determined at the end of each session (Fall, Winter, and Summer) for students who have attempted at least 3.0 credits since beginning their studies at UTSC, or in other Arts and Sciences Divisions at the University. Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or higher are considered to be in good standing.

  • Students whose CGPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation.
  • Students may clear probation by achieving a CGPA of 2.5 or better in the next study session.  Where the CGPA is below 2.5, but the sessional grade point average (SGPA) is at least 2.5 but above 2.3, students may be granted a second probationary semester.
  • Students must clear their probation within a maximum of two study sessions in order to remain in a Co-op program.
  • Students on probation in the Co-op program may not apply for a work-term until they have successfully cleared their probation. However, if a student's CGPA falls below 2.5 after having secured a job placement through the recruitment process, the student will be permitted to complete the work term but must clear probation before being permitted to participate in the next recruitment process.
  • Students whose CGPA falls below 2.3 will be removed from the Co-op program

For information on fees in Co-op programs, and certification of completion of Co-op programs, see Section 6B.5 in the UTSC Calendar.