Environmental Studies

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 arts program in either the specialization in environmental studies or the major in environmental studies
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 6
  • Have completed all course requirements up to and including the fall term of second year (and 60 credits in compulsory courses by the end 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 - all students follow this sequence

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

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
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • City of Ottawa
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • GDG Environment Ltée
  • Health Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • National Capital Commission
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • University of Ottawa
Examples of tasks at work
  • Environmental audits
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental landscape design
  • Environmental site assessment
  • Land use planning
  • Permits, bylaws and environmental standards
  • Public policy on the environment
  • Risk analysis
  • Socio-environmental relations
  • Waste and solid waste management
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:

  • 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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