Major-Specific Information

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Aerospace Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later

Qualified AEM students may participate in the CSE Engineering Co-op Program in order to gain valuable work experience while maintaining a full-time-student status and earning elective credits towards their degree. Completion of the program requires engagement in co-op work over at least two terms, including a summer term.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be upper-division AEM majors in good academic standing as determined by the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • All required coursework through the spring semester of the junior year must be completed before a student can begin their co-op.
  • Applicants are required to indicate that they plan to do a co-op when submitting a one-year plan and should not apply for a co-op until the plan has been approved by their faculty advisor.
Required Coursework

Students admitted to the Engineering Co-op Program are required to register for the courses CSE 4896 [2 credits] (spring or summer semesters) and CSE 4996 [2 credits] (fall or summer semesters).

Technical Elective Credits

Upon completion of the co-op and both required courses, the 4 credits obtained may be applied towards the 9 required technical elective credits for the BAEM program. Lower division technical elective credits will not be accepted in conjunction with technical elective credits for a co-op.

AEM Co-op Schedule

Standard option:
Students following the standard AEM 4-year plan can complete a co-op in one of two ways.
Option 1: Summer after junior year followed by fall of senior year.
Option 2: Fall of senior year followed by summer after senior year.
In both cases, students will need to take classes in the fall of their fifth year.

Non-standard options:
Students who are ahead of schedule with their classes may be able to create their own timelines for doing co-ops. In such cases students will need to contact the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval of their plan.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021

Qualified AEM students may participate in the CSE Engineering Co-op Program in order to gain valuable work experience while maintaining a full-time-student status and earning elective credits towards their degree. Completion of the program requires engagement in co-op work over at least two terms, including a summer term.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be upper-division AEM majors in good academic standing as determined by the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • All required coursework through the spring semester of the junior year must be completed before a student can begin their co-op.
  • Applicants are required to indicate that they plan to do a co-op when submitting a one-year plan and should not apply for a co-op until the plan has been approved by their faculty advisor.
Required Coursework
  • ME 3041 Industrial Assignment I (2 credits) (first co-op semester)
  • ME 4043W Industrial Assignment II (4 credits) (second co-op semester)
Technical Elective Credits


The 4 credits from the second semester Industrial Assignment course may be applied towards the 9 required technical elective credits for the BAEM degree. Lower division technical elective credits will not be accepted in conjunction with technical elective credits for a co-op.

AEM Co-op Schedule


Standard option:
Students following the standard AEM 4-year plan can complete a co-op in one of two ways.
Option 1: Summer after junior year followed by fall of senior year.
Option 2: Fall of senior year followed by summer after senior year.
In both cases, students will need to take classes in the fall of their fifth year.

Non-standard options:
Students who are ahead of schedule with their classes may be able to create their own timelines for doing co-ops. In such cases students will need to contact the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval of their plan.

Biomedical Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later

Best option to fit the co-op into your schedule:
The first work term is taken the summer after the third year, and the second work term can be taken either in the Fall or Spring of the fourth year. You will take Senior Design (BMEN 4001W/4002W) concurrently with your second term of co-op and your employment should not conflict with course activities/requirements. Here are the courses you would take based on your chosen schedule:

Summer (CSE 4896) + Fall (CSE 4996)
or

Summer (CSE 4996) + Spring (CSE 4896)

It is important that you know your second work term prior to applying for the co-op as only one co-op course is offered each fall and spring and you cannot take the same course twice.

Least desirable option:
Should your employer not be willing to allow you to leave work for the Senior Design activities/requirements, it is possible to take the two work semesters during a “gap year,” after the completion of the third year and prior to the start of the fourth year; however, this would be a last-resort option. Students that chose this option would follow the below schedule:

Fall (CSE 4996) + Spring (CSE 4896)

Co-op students will be approximately two technical elective courses (~6 credits) short of graduation at the conclusion of their fourth year. This will typically require an additional semester of school in the Fall semester of the fifth year. In some cases, it might be possible to take UNITE courses during the work semester(s) to satisfy the remaining technical elective course requirements.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021

BME students can earn only six technical elective credits through the Co-op Program and therefore can work only two semesters. The prerequisites for BMEN 4896 is the completion of all 3xxx BMEN courses (i.e. the completion of your third year).

BME students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  • First work semester: BMEN 4896
  • Second work semester: BMEN 4996W

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

BMEN 4896 is taken the summer after the third year, and BMEN 4996 is taken either in the Fall or the Spring of the fourth year. You will take Senior Design (BMEN 4001W/4002W) concurrently with BMEN 4996W, and your employment should not conflict with course activities/requirements. Should your employer not be willing to allow you to leave work for the Senior Design activities/requirements, it is possible to take the two work semesters during a “gap year,” after the completion of the third year and prior to the start of the fourth year; however, this would be a last-resort option.

Co-op students will be approximately two technical elective courses (~6 credits) short of graduation at the conclusion of their fourth year. This will typically require an additional semester of school in the Fall semester of the fifth year. In some cases, it might be possible to take UNITE courses during the work semester(s) to satisfy the remaining technical elective course requirements.

See the PDF in the link below for more specific details.

bme_co-op_faq_9-25-17.pdf

Chemical Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule:

To participate in the Co-op program, you need to define two semesters for the work assignment. If you are following the 4-year plan exactly, there is only one reasonable place to fit in this opportunity.

1. Summer between junior spring and senior year fall and the fall semester. In this option, you will return in the spring semester and take ChEn 4501W and then graduate in fall semester after completing ChEn 4401W and ChEn 4601. This extends your time at the University by one semester.
2. An entire academic year between Junior and Senior year.  In this option, you will complete two semesters (Fall + Spring) between the Junior and Senior Years.  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one year.
 

If you are ahead of schedule on the requirements in the lower division such that you can complete all required courses from the first two years on the 4-year plan in 3 semesters, then you can consider a Co-op assignment during Spring Sophomore year and the following summer. There may be other possibilities depending on your specific situation; see Kacey Gregerson or your Faculty advisor to discuss.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021

You will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: ME 3041
  2. Second work semester: ME 4043W
  3. Third work semester: ME 4044 (this is an optional semester)

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

To participate in the Co-op program, you need to define at least two semesters for the work assignment. If you are following the 4-year plan exactly, there is only one reasonable place to fit in this opportunity.

1. Summer between junior spring and senior year fall and the fall semester. In this option, you will return in the spring semester and take ChEn 4501W and then graduate in fall semester after completing ChEn 4401W and ChEn 4601. This extends your time at the University by one semester.
2. An entire academic year between Junior and Senior year.  In this option, you will complete two semesters (Fall + Spring) or three semesters (Fall + Spring + Summer) between the Junior and Senior Years.  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one year.
 

If you are ahead of schedule on the requirements in the lower division such that you can complete all required courses from the first two years on the 4-year plan in 3 semesters, then you can consider a Co-op assignment during Spring Sophomore year and the following summer. There may be other possibilities depending on your specific situation; see Kacey Gregerson or your Faculty advisor to discuss.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering students will register for the following co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

How to fit a co-op into your four year plan: Most CivE students choose to do a summer + fall co-op, though a spring + summer co-op is possible.

For four year planning purposes, CivE students can generally fit a co-op semester into either fall or spring semesters.  Note that required CivE courses are taught in both fall and spring semesters. However, technical courses tend to be offered only once a year or less.

Any CivE student who would like to discuss how the Co-op Program will fit into their schedule should consult with their CEGE Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Computer Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later:

CompE students will register for the following co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

How to fit a co-op into your four year plan: Most CompE students choose to do one co-op semester in the summer and one co-op semester either in the fall or spring term.  For four year planning purposes, CompE students can generally fit a co-op semester into either fall or spring semesters.  Note that sophomore and junior year required CompE courses are taught in both fall and spring semesters.  However, the senior year technical courses tend to be offered only in fall or spring, but not both.  The two co-op courses total 4 credits, and CompE students may count those 4 credits as part of the 6 credits allowed for "additional technical electives."  Any CompE student who would like to discuss how the Co-op Program will fit into their technical program should consult with the ECE Undergraduate Academic Advisor.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021:

CompE students can earn only six technical elective credits through the Co-op Program and therefore only two semesters are needed to earn these credits. If you wish to work a 3rd semester, make an appointment with your advisor to discuss how it would impact your academic plan.

CompE students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: EE 3041
  2. Second work semester: EE 4043W

 

Electrical Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later:

EE students will register for the following co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

How to fit a co-op into your four year plan: Most EE students choose to do one co-op semester in the summer and one co-op semester either in the fall or spring term.  For four year planning purposes, EE students can generally fit a co-op semester into either fall or spring semesters.  Note that sophomore and junior year required EE courses are taught in both fall and spring semesters.  However, the senior year technical courses tend to be offered only in fall or spring, but not both.  The two co-op courses total 4 credits, and EE students may count those 4 credits as part of the 12 credits allowed for "additional technical electives."  Any EE student who would like to discuss how the Co-op Program will fit into their technical program should consult with the ECE Undergraduate Academic Advisor.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021:

EE students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: EE 3041
  2. Second work semester: EE 4043W
  3. Third work semester: EE 4044

EE students must do at least two semesters in the Co-op Program to earn technical elective credit.  EE students have the option to add the third semester for co-op credit, but the third semester is optional.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering students will register for the following co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

How to fit a co-op into your four year plan: Most EnvE students choose to do a summer + fall co-op, though a spring + summer co-op is possible.

 For four year planning purposes, EnvE students can generally fit a co-op semester into either fall or spring semesters.  Note that required EnvE courses are taught in both fall and spring semesters. However, technical courses tend to be offered only once a year or less.

Any EnvE student who would like to discuss how the Co-op Program will fit into their schedule should consult with their CEGE Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Geoengineering

Geoengineering students will register for the following co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

How to fit a co-op into your four year plan: Most GeoE students choose to do a summer + fall co-op, though a spring + summer co-op is possible

For four year planning purposes, GeoE students can generally fit a co-op semester into either fall or spring semesters. Note that not all required GeoE courses are taught in both fall and spring semesters and technical courses tend to be offered only once a year or less.

Any GeoE student who would like to discuss how the Co-op Program will fit into their schedule should consult with their CEGE Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later:
ISyE students will register for the following 2-credit co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

Students who complete both of these courses may use them to meet 4 of the required ISyE technical elective credits.  Students who only complete one co-op course may not use the course as a technical elective.

How to fit a co-op into your four year plan: Most ISyE students choose to do one co-op semester in the summer and one co-op semester either in the fall or spring term.  In some cases, students are able to complete a co-op and still complete their degree in 4 years.  These students usually co-op during Summer after Sophomore year and Fall of Junior year.  Students have the option to take IE 3011 remotely if they are co-oping during Fall of their Junior year.

Co-op can also be a good option for students who are ahead or behind a single semester on the 4-year plan.

Any ISyE student who would like to discuss how the Co-op Program will fit into their academic plans should meet with an ISyE advisor for an advising appointment.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021:

ISyE students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: IE 3041
  2. Second work semester: IE 4043W
  3. Third work semester: IE 4044 (this is an optional semester).

Materials Science and Engineering

Course information for students who start their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later:

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

To participate in the Co-op program, you need to define two semesters for the work assignment. If you are following the 4-year plan exactly, there are two reasonable places to fit in this opportunity:

  1. Summer between Junior and Senior Year + Fall Senior Year.  In this option, you will complete the Co-op assignment and then return to campus for Spring Senior Year (permission will be granted for taking MatS 4301W without MatS 4212) and follow that up with the Fall Senior Year courses (MatS 4212, MatS 4221, Tech Electives).  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one semester (December graduation). 
  2. An entire academic year between Junior and Senior year.  In this option, you will complete two semesters (Fall + Spring) between the Junior and Senior Years.  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one year.

If you are ahead of schedule on the requirements in the lower division such that you can complete all required courses from the first two years on the 4-year plan in 3 semesters, then you can consider a Co-op assignment during Spring Sophomore year and the following summer.   There may be other possibilities depending on your specific situation; see Kacey Gregerson or your Faculty advisor to discuss.

Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021:

You will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: ME 3041
  2. Second work semester: ME 4043W
  3. Third work semester: ME 4044 (this is an optional semester)

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

To participate in the Co-op program, you need to define at least two semesters for the work assignment. If you are following the 4-year plan exactly, there are two reasonable places to fit in this opportunity.

  1. Summer between Junior and Senior Year + Fall Senior Year.  In this option, you will complete the Co-op assignment and then return to campus for Spring Senior Year (permission will be granted for taking MatS 4301W without MatS 4212) and follow that up with the Fall Senior Year courses (MatS 4212, MatS 4221, Tech Electives).  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one semester (December graduation). 
  2. An entire academic year between Junior and Senior year.  In this option, you will complete two semesters (Fall + Spring) or three semesters (Fall + Spring + Summer) between the Junior and Senior Years.  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one year.

If you are ahead of schedule on the requirements in the lower division such that you can complete all required courses from the first two years on the 4-year plan in 3 semesters, then you can consider a Co-op assignment during Spring Sophomore year and the following summer.   There may be other possibilities depending on your specific situation; see Kacey Gregerson or your Faculty advisor to discuss.

Mechanical Engineering

Course information for students who started their co-op experience Fall 2021 or later:

ME students will register for the following co-op courses:
- Summer + fall co-op: CSE 4896 (summer) and CSE 4996 (fall)
- Spring + summer co-op: CSE 4896 (spring) and CSE 4996 (summer)

CSE 4896 and CSE 4996 will count towards the ME Technical Elective requirement for ME majors.


Course information for students who started their co-op experience prior to Fall 2021:

ME students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: ME 3041
  2. Second work semester: ME 4043W
  3. Third work semester: ME 4044 (this is an optional semester)

ME students must complete at least two semesters in the Co-op Program to earn technical elective credit.  ME students have the option to add the third semester for co-op credit, but the third semester is optional.