Originally Posted by Imtiaz
I'm currently in first year life sciences and would like to know about McMaster's Coop program, can someone please explain the process and if its possible for a first year student to get a coop placement in my case a life science student?
Co-op doesn't start until third year. It's only available for certain programs, and Life Sci is not one of them. In second year, you'd take Science 2C00, which is a non-credit course kind of like Careers in high school. Around Jan-Feb, you apply to get into co-op, go for an interview in March-April, and hear back at the end of May.
This is the SCCE website: http://www.science.mcmaster. ca/scce/
These are the programs with co-op options: http://www.science.mcmaster. ca/scc...am-information
I think some of them differ depending on your specialization within the program, but that information doesn't seem to be there any more :S
Edit: According to the course calendar, you must be in one of the two biochem specializations to do biochem co-op--people just in core biochem can't. For chem & physics, it looks like you can only do co-op if you're NOT in a specialization (I remember talking to someone in biophysics who said he'd have to switch into normal physics to do co-op, so that would seem to confirm this). Within the math & stats program, you have to be in either the mathematics specialization, applied mathematics specialization, or statistics specialization to do co-op. I don't think any of the other programs listed have specialization options. The programs a Life Sci student would tend to go into that lead to co-op are ChemBio, BioPharm, Molecular Bio & Genetics, and Biochem.