Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Co-op

Additional information on Co-op Education can be found at the TRU Career Education Department website.

Questions? Send email: ncornell@tru.ca

NRS Co-op Information for Students

Students may apply to enter a Co-operative Education option. Participation in Co-op extends graduation by one year. Co-op Education integrates academic studies with paid periods of relevant work experience. The Co-op program allows students to gain first hand experience working in a variety of resource areas and participating employers get exposure to potential future employees. Securing a job placement in the Co-op program is competitive and the number of jobs available will depend on the number of participating employers. Students are not guaranteed job placement in any given workterm.

Students must apply to participate in the Co-op program. Students will be chosen by a selection committee based on grades and completion of specific courses. Students must complete all registered first and second year courses, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 each year and maintain a minimum C in all NRSC, ENGL and BIOL courses.

Students accepted into the Co-op program must enroll in the Co-op 1000 course which offers instruction in job search skills and workplace professionalism. Refer to the Co-operative Education section of the calendar for detailed information on Co-op policies and procedures and tuition fees.

Students who choose not to take the co-op education component can normally complete the degree in four years. See the Department Chairperson for details.

Academic Year Fall: Sep - Dec Winter: Jan - Apr Summer: May - Aug
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2
2 Academic Semester 3 Academic Semester 4 Work Term 1
3 Work Term 2 Academic Semester 5 Work Term 3
4 Academic Semester 6 Work Term 4 Work Term 5
5 Academic Semester 7 Academic Semester 8 Graduation

NRS co-op information for employers

The intent of the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program is to provide students with a broad range of resource management skill supported by courses in basic sciences, the biology and ecology of various resource sectors, computing, and math. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on written and oral communication skills.

By understanding the scientific, economic, and social basis of natural resource issues, graduates of the program will be able to effectively interface between diverse interest groups, all having a stake in how our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are managed.

The BNRS program is unique in its scope and purpose. The science offerings are highly interdisciplinary and include such diverse topics as forestry, rangelands, fisheries, and wildlife. By combining a general bachelors degree in curriculum in the first two years with a broad spectrum of upper level natural resource courses, we have developed an academic program that is unique in North America.

What can a BNRS student do for you?

Check out our student skill set page.

What employers say about our students
Shows interest and enthusiasm; is quick to learn and understand.Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd., Vavenby, BC
. . . a self starter; asks lots of questions.Tolko Industries Ltd., Merritt, BC
. . . maturity, experience, discipline, vision, very teachable, listens well.Ministry of Forests, Vernon, BC
We're a business that is changing rapidly and globally. To maintain our competitive edge, we seek top students and graduates who can work in our ever-growing, changing environment and who can contribute by providing fresh ideas.Northern Telcom & Bell-Northern Research
We are impressed with the calibre of UCC BNRS students, their attitudes and flexibility in moving from location to location.International Forest Products Ltd., Head Office, Vancouver, BC

Career Education Department
805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8
Telephone: 250-371-5698 or 250-828-5151
Email: cooped@tru.ca