Careers & Co-op
During your program, you’ll probably start thinking about how to prepare for a career. Co-op is a great way to gain work experience in your field before you graduate. The university also provides career planning resources to help you plan your path.
Optional Co-op Program
If you’re still in the first year of your program, there’s still time to apply for co-op. Check out the basics:
Programs Available: All three programs offer an optional co-op stream: Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry
Benefits of Co-op: Embed paid, full-time, real-world work experience into your degree program. Build a professional network. Explore different roles and employers to find out what you enjoy most.
Program Length: Co-op adds one extra year to your program
Work/Study Terms: You’ll work up to 20 months full-time, with work terms typically lasting 16 weeks each.
When to Apply: In spring (May) after your first academic year, up to September of your second year of study.
Check out some of the employers and roles that our co-op students have worked with.
Find out: Is co-op right for you?
“I've gained some great work experience through the SCI999 research practicum, Ryerson’s Career Boost program, and my co-op program, including a placement at a major pharmaceutical company. All of these experiences have really boosted my skills and confidence.”
Get ready to launch your career. Check out the support services available at the Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre (RCCC), including:
- Science-focused advising from the Faculty of Science’s own Career Education Specialist
- Workshops to develop 21st century workplace skills
- Tools to prepare a job search strategy
- Professional networking events and career fairs, such as the Annual STEM Career Fair
Tip: You can access career services, up to five years after graduation.