As a chemistry co-op student, you’ll alternate your academic terms with co-op terms working for real chemistry employers. You’ll gain relevant, paid work experience, build competencies and hop on the fast track to career success. You could work for:
- agricultural companies
- biotechnology firms
- natural resources organizations
- all levels of government
- pharmaceutical companies
- quality control labs
Wondering what it's like to be a chemistry co-op student? Check out our student stories!
- How to apply
- The co‑op process
- Fees and funding
- Find a co‑op work term
- WHMIS test
- During your work term
- After your work term
- Co‑op forms
- Sample co‑op jobs
How to apply
To apply to Chemistry Co-op, you must:
- have and maintain at least a B average in chemistry courses and overall
- be pursuing a full-time major or honours in chemistry
- be willing to accept placements outside of Victoria
- demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy of co-operative education
Graduating with co-op designation
If you successfully complete the requirements of the co-op program, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree when you graduate. Undergraduate students must complete four work terms to graduate with co-op designation. Graduate students must complete two to three work terms.
How to apply
When to apply
You can apply to Chemistry Co-op in your first or second year—no later than the start of your third year. Applications are accepted until Sept 30 each year. If you’re a graduate student, contact the Chemistry Co-op office to see if co-op will fit with your academic schedule.
Chemistry Work Experience Program
Not sure if co-op is right for you? As a chemistry student, you can apply to the Chemistry Work Experience Program at any time during your degree and complete one or two paid work terms instead of four. You’ll receive the same benefits and support as a co-op student, and you can choose to transfer into the Chemistry Co-op Program later on (if it's still early enough in your studies).
Program requirements and the application process are the same as for co-op—please see the other tabs on this page.
Questions about the Work Experience Program? Please contact us.