Choosing Your Co-op Program of Study (Subject POSt)

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FCE: Full Credit Equivalent

Subject POSt: Program OStudy.
These are typically applied to when going into second year, this is also known as your major or specialization.
Subject POSts aren’t guaranteed.

In Your First Year

If you’ve been admitted into Co-op directly from high school, you’ll begin in one of the following five program areas:

  • Life Sciences (2 work terms)
  • Humanities & Social Sciences (2 work terms)
  • Physical & Environmental Sciences (3 work terms)
  • Computer and Mathematical Sciences  (3 work terms)
  • Psychological & Health Sciences (2 work terms)

In Your Second Year

Once you complete 4 FCEs (or full credit equivalents), you must select a specific subject as your Program of Study (also known as your subject POSt). This is typically at the end of your first year, or after 2 semesters.

Want to request a subject POSt for a program area that you werent admitted to?

This may be possible, but first you’ll need to double-check that you meet the specific requirements for that program. You can verify these in the undergraduate program calendar.

This is an important step: if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you won’t be admitted to your subject POSt after first year. This will impact your course selection ability, co-op course completion, and work term eligibility. If this applies to you, contact your Student Development Coordinator.

Once chosen, a subject POSt will put you into one of the following areas in the chart below:

Computer & Mathematical Sciences

  • Computer Science – Comprehensive
  • Computer Science – Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Science – Health Informatics
  • Computer Science – Information Systems
  • Computer Science – Software Engineering
  • Mathematics – Comprehensive
  • Mathematics – Statistics Stream
  • Statistics – Machine Learning & Data Mining
  • Statistics – Quantitative Finance

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • City Studies
  • English
  • Health Studies – Policy
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • French
  • Philosophy
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Public Policy
  • Women & Gender Studies

Life Sciences

  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Neuroscience

Physical & Environmental Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Environmental Physics
  • Environmental Science

Psychological & Health Sciences

  • Health Studies – Population Health
  • Mental Health Studies
  • Psychology

Transferring Subject POSts within Co-op

If you’re already in a subject POSt and would like to request a transfer to a new one, it’s best to consult with the Academic Advising & Career Centre or your program supervisor to ensure that you meet the prerequisites for your new subject POSt.

Once you’ve confirmed that you have the prerequisites, you can request the transfer by selecting your desired subject POSt on ACORN.

If you submit your request to transfer partway through your first year, the request won’t be considered until you have your 4 FCEs.