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Co-op Policy

Co-operative Education Courses
(CS 2250, CS 4250, CS 6250)

The purpose of co-operative education is to give academic credit for legitimate learning acquired on the job.
There is a University-wide co-operative education program which operates out of the Career Center. Students receive the following benefits from taking a co-operative education class:

  • Credit as an elective for graduation, or to maintain the minimum registration necessary to qualify as a full-time student (say for a scholarship) while working part-time.
  • Eligibility to fill internships with those companies which require co-operative education enrollment of their interns.
  • A visible signal on their transcripts indicating that they had professional work experience during the time they were students.
  • For online submission of CPT form click here.

Computer Science Department policy on co-operative education courses:

  • A student may take a co-operative education course only if employed and with the agreement of the work supervisor.
  • A student may register for one credit per 5 hours weekly work that is educationally beneficial.
  • Graduate students registering for CPT must register for 3 credits of CS 6250 every semester they are on CPT, regardless of how many other credits they are taking.
  • Working with computers, but doing little or no software development merits only CS 2250 registration.
  • Doing software development at an undergraduate level merits only CS 4250 registration.
  • CS 6250 registration is restricted to those whose job description requires a B.S. in Computer Science or the equivalent. For graduate students, CS 6250 can only be counted once on the program of study for three credits.
  • No grade will be given in a co-operative education course until contact has been made with the work supervisor to determine the student’s professional competence, work skills, and relationship skills.
  • All students who register for cooperative training must submit a poster describing their professional experience. Posters must use this linked schema. For examples of previous posters, see the walls surrounding the Tutor Lab on the fourth floor of Old Main.
  • Submit the completed poster for review before finals week.