Cognitive Systems (Computational Intelligence and Design)

Cognitive Systems (COGS - Computational Intelligence and Design stream ONLY) students under the Faculty of Science follow the Computer Science Co-op program schedule. In addition to the traditional positions in business applications, COGS students can explore areas such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, robotics, and usability. You will acquire at least 16 months of paid work experience. There are work opportunities in the local market as well as overseas. Students interested in the Co-op Option in the Cognition and Brain stream should apply through the Behavioural Neuroscience / COGS - Brain & Cognition option.

Application Deadlines

Apply in Year Application Deadline Date
1 & 2 Thursday, March 3, 2022
2 Thursday, October 7, 2021

 

We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Application Requirements

Cognitive Systems Co-op Applicants must:

  • Have and maintain a minimum average of B- (68%)
  • Have a minimum of 30 credits remaining in your degree, excluding the current term (at the time of application)
  • Be a full time student, majoring in COGS, or in the process of declaring COGS, as a major in the computational stream
  • Have completed CPSC 110 and are in the process of completing CPSC 121 and CPSC 210 (or have completed transfer equivalents)
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, and a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, interest in gaining computer skills outside of class, time management and teamwork skills
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Vancouver area

Co-op Overview PDF

Work-Term Schedules

Schedule A - Spring Application

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4 + apply to Co-op        -
3 Study Term 5 Work Term 1 Work Term 2
4 Study Term 6 Study Term 7 Work Term 3
5 Work Term 4 Study Term 8        -

Schedule B - Fall Application

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 + apply to Co-op Study Term 4        -
3 Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
4 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8        -

The above schedules are highly recommended by the Co-op Program in order for students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your Co-op Coordinator. 

Sample Jobs and Companies

BC Children's Hospital
Program video-game-like computerized audiovisual stimuli to be displayed while subjects undergo functional brain MRI studies
Electronic Arts
Work as technical artist, audio engineer, games developer
MDA
Design, implement and test an aviation system that helps pilots transition from en-route airways to descend to runways
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Hold research positions with the Brain Sciences Research Program in neurosciences, imaging neurosciences, mental health neurosciences
UBC Neurology Division
Provide automatic or semi-automatic analysis of the magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of patients with multiple sclerosis

 

We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Made a mistake on your application?

Just log into SCOPE and edit your application. For technical support contact science.coop@ubc.ca.

Explore Cognitive Systems (Computational Intelligence and Design): Visit the department site.