Biology

Admission requirements
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (authorization or diplomat)
  • Be registered full-time in the honours bachelor of science program in either the specialization in Biology or the major in Biology
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 6
  • Have completed all course requirements up to and including the fall term of second year

CO-OP programs have limited enrolment. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee you a place. Admission is based on your CGPA. We admit those with the highest CGPA first.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4StudyStudyWork 4
5Study--

Sequence 2 - available to students following the laboratory option

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudy-
2StudyStudy-
3StudyWork 1Work 2
4Work 3StudyWork 4
5StudyStudy-

CO-OP fees

As a CO-OP student, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) for the session before your first work term and then for every work term, up to and including your last one.

Some of our employers include
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • GDG Environment Ltée
  • Health Canada
  • National Capital Commission
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Spartan Bioscience Inc.
  • University of Ottawa
Examples of tasks at work
  • Communication of scientific results
  • Data analysis and management
  • Educational programs for schools and museums
  • Laboratory techniques and analysis
  • Research and analysis on issues related to biological systems, the environment and chemical products
  • Statistical modeling
How to apply

Two easy ways to apply :

1 - Reserved placement

When applying for regular admission to the University, you can also apply for direct admission to any CO-OP program except Biomedical Science, Translation and graduate-level programs. The average mark required to be eligible for direct admission into CO-OP is

  • 80% or higher for students admitted in first year.
  • 75% or higher for applicants who have completed at least two years of CEGEP.

To keep your reserved placement in CO-OP, you must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 8.0 and meet the admission requirements of your chosen CO-OP program until you are formally admitted into the Program (September 30 or March 1 of your second year of studies, depending on the program). Otherwise, you will lose your reserved spot in CO-OP and have to compete with regular applicants for admission.

If you apply for direct admission and are not granted a placement, don't worry. You can re-apply during your second year at University (see section 2)


2 - Applying once at the University of Ottawa

You can apply for CO-OP after you have registered at the University of Ottawa. Application deadlines and admission requirements vary from program to program, so be sure to check individual program pages online for specific information.

Steps to follow in order to apply from the University via uoZone:

  • Connect to uoZone.
  • From the Applications menu, click on CO-OP Navigator.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our office by phone at 613 562-5741 or by e-mail at coop@uOttawa.ca.

Application Deadline: September 30 of your second year of studies

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