Bachelor of Science - Biology (CO-OPERATIVE) Program

Description

The Biology Co-operative Education program is a new program available to Biology undergraduate students. This program provides the opportunity for students to learn valuable and practical skills while working in positions that relate to the field of Biology. Students will complete three work terms (two in Spring semesters and one in Fall or Winter semester), during which time they will work full time as a paid employee at a local, regional, national or international company or organization doing work in Biological Sciences.


 

Admission Criteria

1. Admission is limited, competitive, and selective.

2. The main criteria used in reaching decisions on applications for admission are overall academic achievement and review of the student’s application package.

3. Students must first be admitted to the Biology Major.

4. To be admitted to the program, students must have completed the second year Biology Core, with an overall average of at least 65%, and an overall average of at least 70% in all Biology courses. Students must have an overall average of 65 % in all other required courses, and must be registered for 15 credit hours in the semester in which they apply.

5. The deadline date for application is November 15.


 

How to Apply

Applications must include the following documents in the application package:

1. Completed general information form.

2. A one to two page essay highlighting your career aspirations, why you would like to complete the Co-operative degree option, and what you hope to gain from this program.

3. A current resume.

4. Unofficial copy of your academic transcript.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Biology General Office, Room number SN3125.


 

Work Term Descriptions

The following Work Terms are a requirement of the Biology (Co-operative) Program (BCOP) only.

199W Work Term I follows the successful completion of Semester 4. Students are expected to learn, develop and practice the high standards of behaviour and performance normally expected in the work environment. (A detailed description of each job is normally posted during the job competition.)

As one component of the Work Term, the student is required to complete a work report. The work report, as a minimum requirement should

analyse an issue/problem related to the student's work environment.

demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a professional report, and show reasonable competence in written communication and presentation skills. (Students should consult the evaluation form provided in the placement package.)

Late reports will be graded as FAIL unless prior permission for a late report has been given by Co-operative Education.

Seminars on professional development, conducted by Co-operative Education, are presented during Semester 4 to introduce and prepare the student for participation in the subsequent work terms. Topics may include, among others, work term evaluation, work report writing, career planning, employment seeking skills, resume preparation, self employment, ethics and professional concepts, behavioural requirements in the work place, assertiveness in the work place and industrial safety.

CH: 0

LC: 0

PR: Admission to the Biology Major and successful completion of semester 4

 

 

299W Work Term II follows the successful completion of Semester 6. Students are expected to further develop and expand their knowledge and work-related skills and should be able to accept increased responsibility and challenge. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an ability to deal with increasingly complex work-related concepts and problems. The work report, as a minimum requirement should

analyze an issue/problem related to the student’s work environment and demonstrate an understanding of practical application of concepts relative to the student’s academic background

demonstrate competence in creating a professional report, and

show competence in written communication and presentation skills. Late reports will be graded as FAIL unless prior permission for a late report has been given by Co-operative Education.

CH: 0

LC: 0

PR: admission to the Biology Major and successful completion of semester 6

 

399W Work Term III follows the successful completion of semester 7 or Work Term II. Students should have sufficient academic grounding and work experience to contribute in a positive manner to the problem-solving and management processes needed and practiced in the work environment. Students should become better acquainted with their discipline of study, should observe and appreciate the attitudes, responsibilities, and ethics normally expected of professionals and should exercise greater independence and responsibility in their assigned work functions.

The work report should reflect the growing professional development of the student and, as a minimum requirement, will

demonstrate an increased ability to analyse a significant issue/problem related to the student’s experience in the work environment

demonstrate a high level of competence in producing a professional report, and

show a high level of competence in written communication and presentation skills.

Late reports will be graded as FAIL unless prior permission for a late report has been given by Co-operative Education.

CH: 0

LC: 0

PR: admission to the Biology Major and successful completion of semester 7 or Work Term II
AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).


 

Contact

Biology

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca