Programs and Skills

UBC Science Co-op has over 2000 students available for full-time paid work terms each year. Some of our students already have technical work experience. Explore our disciplines below.

Computational, Mathematical, and Statistical Sciences

Undergraduate students in Computer Science learn the fundamentals of programming constructs, models, and design before taking a Co-op position. Required courses integrate core computational and mathematical concepts giving the students an excellent base for learning and applying technical skills in your company. These students are passionate about computers and are eager to learn and contribute their knowledge and ideas to your team.

Sample Student Skills

  • Software design, development and programming
  • Webpage design and maintenance
  • Database design
  • Graphical User Interface development
  • Statistical software packages and analysis
  • Data cleaning, data manipulation
  • Data summary, graphical displays
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Statistical modelling and inference
  • Modern statistical methods, statistical computing
  • R/SAS programming
  • Biostatistics

Individual Disciplines

Engineering Physics

One of the most competitive engineering programs at UBC, Engineering Physics prepares students for both R&D and traditional engineering positions. The unique five-year program provides comprehensive training in engineering along with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics and applied technologies. The program also provides hands-on experience to our students via instrument design (Robotics Competition) and project labs to prepare them for solving challenging technical problems in the workplace. Some students have won recognition for their outstanding extra-curricular accomplishments.

Engineering Physics students are well integrated into industries like aerospace, alternative energy research, robotics and automation, nanotechnology, electronics, optics and photonics, biotechnology, and software development. By understanding the theory behind new ideas, students play a critical role in the process of taking new ideas from concept to application.

Sample Student Skills

  • Product development and testing, data collection and analysis
  • Laser and optical applications
  • Mechanical design and machining
  • Robotics and automation
  • Alternative fuel cell research
  • Aerospace application
  • Automotive design and manufacturing
  • Prototyping and design
  • Test bench construction and design
  • Analog, digital and integrated circuits
  • Software development and database development
  • Electronic assembly and testing
  • Conducting laboratory experiments and instrument design
  • C++, C, Java, Perl, SQL, Labview, Matlab, AutoCad

Individual Disciplines

Land and Food Systems

UBC Land and Food Systems Co-op students are based out of a faculty that is a leader in integrated research and education on global issues surrounding human health, sustainable food supplies, and the responsible use of finite land and water resources. The program has a large number of students focused on gaining a broad education in food science, nutrition and marketing.

Sample Student Skills

  • Conducting shelf life studies
  • Preparing and extracting samples using a variety of techniques
  • Performing basic laboratory skills used for microbial and chemical analysis
  • Developing nutritional labeling and content information for a product line
  • Assisting in conducting process flow charting and production flow evaluations
  • Bacterial isolation and identification
  • Product development
  • Food analysis
  • HACCP analysis
  • Familiarity with regulations and labeling requirements
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining quality assurance programs

Individual Disciplines

Life Sciences

UBC Science Co-op students in Life Sciences provide assistance in clinical and laboratory research data analysis positions in both public and private sectors across Canada and internationally.

Sample Student Skills

  • ELISA, PCR, Gel Electrophoresis
  • Aseptic technique and culture of micro-organisms
  • Plasmid isolation and preparation
  • Western blots, Southern transfers and DNA hybridization
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Literature reviews and data mining
  • Database and survey administration
  • Chart reviews
  • Patient recruitment

Sample Job Titles

  • Research Assistant
  • Data Entry Assistant
  • QA technician

Sample Employers

  • Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Amgen British Columbia Inc.
  • BC Cancer Research Centre
  • Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
  • St. Paul’s Hospital

Individual Disciplines

Physical Sciences

Students from these programs have solid backgrounds in electronics optics, quantum mechanics, thermal physics, particle physics and biophysics.

Sample Student Skills

  • Data abstraction, acquisition and analysis
  • Fundamentals in organic chemistry and biochemistry
  • Basic to intermediate electronic skills
  • Lab work in molecular biology and immunology, cell physiology
  • Complex variable and differential equations
  • Fundamentals in quantum mechanics and thermal physics

Individual Disciplines

Natural Resources Management

UBC Science, through degree programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Geographical Sciences, offer students the opportunity to study Natural Resources Manageemnt (NRM).  These degree programs provide students with the tools to become the new generation of scientists who will manage natural resources, with a particular focus on stewardship and sustainability.

Co-op students put theory into practice through relevant, full-time and paid Co-op opportunities with industry, government and non-profit organizations locally, nationally, and throughout the world.

Degree Specializations

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Geological Sciences
  • Geophysics
  • Oceanography

Environmental Sciences

  • Ecology & Conservation
  • Land, Air and Water

Geographical Sciences

  • Biogeography
  • Climatology
  • Geograpic Information Science
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrology

Sample Student Skills

  • Field techniques — using data loggers, surveying, core logging, water sampling, soil sampling, assistance during drilling
  • Field safety protocols, plant and tree ID, wildlife, integrated pest management
  • Lab techniques, including adherence to lab safety protocols
  • Technology applications and computer modelling (ArcGIS, ArcMap, GPS, remote sensing, MATLAB, R, Python, Unix)
  • Research, scientific literature search and analysis, as well as designing research projects
  • Data collection, analysis and presentation
  • Understanding and writing scientific papers and technical reports

Individual Disciplines


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