Work Term Schedules

Toby Barnes gives a glimpse into his co-op work term for Interfor in Campbell River.

When will you work?

Co-op students complete 8 academic terms and 5 work terms over a five-year period.

Prior to commencing your first co-op work term, you will complete the first 2 years of your undergraduate degree. You will also complete a series of employability skills workshops that will help prepare you for the workplace. Workshop topics include: effective job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, ethics and confidentiality in the workplace.

The academic and work schedule is determined by your program of study. The schedules are listed below.

FIVE YEAR FOREST OPERATIONS PROGRAM MAP (CO-OP OPTION)
Term 1
Sep - Dec
Term 2
Jan - Apr
Summer
May - Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, Economics, English, Math, Soil Science and Intro to Biometrics and Computer Applications Summer
Year 2 Intro to Conservation, Forest Plant Biology, Ecology, Forest Measurement, Hydrology and Forest Operations I. Co-op 1
(Junior)
Fall Interior Field School
Year 3 Silviculture I, Entomology, Pathology, Fire, Wildlife, and Solid or Wood Mechanics. Co-op 2
(Intermediate)
Co-op 3
(Intermediate)
Year 4 Co-op 4
(Intermediate)
Silviculture II, Forest Economics, Measurement and Operations, and Soil Mechanics Spring Coastal Field School Co-op 5
(Senior)
Year 5 Forest Policy, Cable Mechanics, Mathematical Programming, Forest Operations, Roads and Bridges, Wood Product Manufacturing, and a Graduating Paper Sustainable Forest Management Integrated Course, Business, and Transportation Systems

The first and the last co-op work terms are only 15 weeks in duration.  All other work terms last a full four months. Co-op terms 2, 3 & 4 may be with three different companies, or combined so that a student can work at a single company for 8 or 12 months.

FIVE YEAR FOREST RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM MAP (CO-OP OPTION)
Term 1
Sep - Dec
Term 2
Jan - Apr
Summer
May - Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, Intro to Biometrics and Computer Applications, Economics, English, Math and Soil Science Summer
Year 2 Intro to Conservation, Forest Plant Biology, Ecology, Forest Measurement, Forest Operations I, and Climatology. Co-op 1
(Junior)
Fall Interior Field School
Year 3 Silviculture I, Entomology, Pathology, Fire Science, Wildlife, Watersheds and the Integrated Field Lab. Co-op 2
(Intermediate)
Co-op 3
(Intermediate)
Year 4 Co-op 4
(Intermediate)
Silviculture II, Forest Economics, Forest Measurements, Fish & Aquatic Ecosystems, First Nations, and Forest Operations II. Spring Coastal Field School Co-op 5
(Senior)
Year 5 Social Science, Applied Programming, Visualization, Recreation, and a Graduating Paper Sustainable Forest Management Integrated Course, Business and Wood Products Manufacturing.

The first and the last co-op work terms are only 15 weeks in duration.  All other work terms last a full four months. Co-op terms 2, 3 & 4 may be with three different companies, or combined so that a student can work at a single company for 8 or 12 months.

FIVE YEAR FOREST SCIENCES PROGRAM MAP (CO-OP OPTION)
Term 1
Sep - Dec
Term 2
Jan - Apr
Summer
May - Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, English, Math, Intro to Forestry, and Soil Summer
Year 2 Cell Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biometrics, Forest Plant Biology and Forest Ecology Co-op 1
(Junior)
Fall Interior
Field School
Year 3 Entomology, Pathology, Fire, Hydrology, Wildlife, Advanced Biometrics, and Electives Forest Genetics, Silviculture, Aquatic Ecosystems, and Electives Co-op 2
(Intermediate)
Year 4 Plant Physiology, Soils, Research Methods, Seminar, Conservation Biology, and Graduating Thesis Co-op 3
(Intermediate)
Co-op 4
(Senior)
Year 5 Co-op 5
(Senior)
Forest Soils, Biological Diversity, and Specialization

The first co-op work term is only 15 weeks in duration.  All other work terms last a full four months. Co-op terms 3, 4 & 5 may be with three different companies, or combined so that a student can work at a single company for 8 or 12 months.

FIVE YEAR NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION PROGRAM MAP (CO-OP OPTION)
Term 1
Sep - Dec
Term 2
Jan - Apr
Summer
May - Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, English, Math, Soil Science, and Sociology Summer
Year 2 Forest biology and ecology, Intro to Conservation, Intro to Biometrics and Computer Applications. Co-op 1
(Junior)
Year 3 Resource economics, conservation of water, wildlife, fish and recreation, and planning Co-op 2
(Intermediate)
Year 4 Integrated Field Course Co-op 3
(Senior)
Co-op 4
(Senior)
Year 5 Co-op 5
(Senior)
Conservation policy, remote sensing and fisheries management

Each co-op work term lasts 4 months.  Co-op work terms 3, 4 & 5 may be with three different companies, or combined so that a student can work at a single company for 8 or 12 months.

PLANNED CO-OP OPTION: FIVE YEAR PROGRAM MAP*

Term1

Sept - Dec

Term 2

Jan - Apr

Summer

May - Aug

Year 1 Basic Sciences, English, Introduction to Urban Forestry and Conservation, Soil Science, Sociology, Economics Summer
Year 2 Human Well-Being, Forest Ecology and Biology, Community Forests, Climate Change, Sustainability, Introduction to Planning and Design Co-op 1
Year 3 Biotic and Abiotic Disturbances, Geographic Information Systems, Conservation Planning and Wildland Recreation + minor courses Co-op 2 Co-op 3
Year 4 Co-op 4 Arboriculture, Remote Sensing + minor courses Field Camp (7 days in April)/Co-op 5
Year 5

Administrative Policy and Law, Ecological Restoration and Sustainability, Green Network Planning, Forests and Society, Recreation and Tourism Planning, Capstone Studio

+ minor courses

FIVE YEAR WOOD PRODUCTS PROCESSING PROGRAM MAP (CO-OP OPTION)
Term 1
Sep - Dec
Term 2
Jan - Apr
Summer
May - Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, English and Math Summer
Year 2 Wood & Material Science Wood Machining Skills Co-op 1
(Junior)
Year 3 Manufacturing Basics Co-op 2
(Intermediate)
Co-op 3
(Intermediate)
Year 4 Advanced Manufacturing Co-op 4
(Senior)
Year 5 Co-op 5
(Senior)
Specialization

The first co-op work term is only 13 weeks in duration.  All other work terms last a full four months. Co-op terms 2 & 3 and 4 & 5 may be with two different companies, or combined so that a student can work at a single company for 8 months.