Co-op, Minors, Certificates and Engineering Concurrent Programs for Students



Co-operative Education Program in Sustainability

Co-op Academic Advisor:  Kaarin Tae (

Sustainability Co-op is a program where academic study in ESS is combined with paid career-related work experience. Students undertake three work-terms interspersed with their academic study terms. Co-op degree programs enable students to apply their knowledge directly while providing them with work experience that assists in making informed career choices.

Sustainability Co-op is available to students in 120 credit-hour BA and BSc Double Major and Combined Honours programs with ESS as a Major/Honours subject. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for admission and for continuation in the Co-op program. Students must be eligible to work in Canada.

Interested students must complete the first year ESS program requirements and apply by April 30th of their first year in ESS. It is recommended that interested students contact the ESS Co-op Advisor early in the Winter term of their first year. If accepted into Sustainability Co-op, students must complete the Sustainability Co-op Orientation Seminar (SUST 8890.00) at least four months prior to the first work term.

Details are available from the ESS Co-op Advisor and from the Co-operative Education office For more information on Co-op Education in ESS, please see the College of Sustainability webpage.


Minors available to students in ESS

Minor programs allow students to develop subject specialties in addition to their major or honours subjects. Minors in other subjects may be added to the following 120 credit hour degree programs with ESS as a Major/Honours subject: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Community Design, Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Science.  The list of approved Minors indicates to which degrees the minor can be added.

Courses counted toward a Major or Honours subject cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a Minor program. Students with ESS as Major or Honours subject may not complete the ESS Minor.


Students in any degree program with ESS may obtain one or more Certificates. A Certificate indicates that a student has achieved a certain level of proficiency in a given area or subspecialty. Courses counted toward a Major, Honours or Minor subject may also be used to fulfill the requirements of a Certificate. Certificates are awarded upon graduation and are noted on the student’s academic transcript.

Certificates vary in their goals and requirements. Some are interdisciplinary, requiring work in more than one department, while others focus on a specialization within a single program. Some Certificates are designed for students enrolled in particular programs, while others are broadly applicable to students in any program. The full list of Certificates and their requirements is on the Certificates page.

Certificates of particular interest to student enrolled in ESS include:

BEng/BA Concurrent Program

Students interested in combining their interest in ESS with a degree in Engineering may choose a BEng/BA Concurrent Degree Program with a Minor in ESS, normally completed in a 5 year period. Students gain a better understanding of the complexity of sustainability challenges and develop interdisciplinary problem-solving and communication skills.

To meet the BA 90 credit hour ESS Minor requirements, students complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in SUST courses at or above the 2000 level, and an additional 12 credit hours in FASS or Faculty of Science courses. Students must select their courses such that they fulfill the language, humanities, social science, and writing requirements for a BA degree. Typically, students complete these requirements and a Diploma of Engineering in their first three years of study. Two more years of engineering studies are then required to obtain a BEng. However it is possible to embark on the BA portion of the concurrent degree at any time during the Engineering program. Interested students should see an undergraduate advisor from ESS and from the Faculty of Engineering, ideally in their first year of study.