Completion of Cooperative Engineering Education
The cooperative education program begins with EGR 289 - Engineering Co-op Preparation - a course designed to prepare students to enter the culture of professional work as an engineer. This is followed by a minimum of 1,500 hours of co-op work, consisting of three semester-long work experiences, preferably with the same host company/organization. Students must enroll in the courses EGR 290, EGR 390, and EGR 490 during the co-op work semesters. This is the expected path to be followed by all students and, after secondary admission, is the only path that does not require prior approval from the faculty.
Following are the alternative options for students to satisfy the School of Engineering’s program requirements for co-operative education, based on the need or desire of the student to seek an alternative option to the expected path described above. The options described below will only be considered after the student submits a petition to the faculty detailing his/her proposed study plan. Students who pursue these alternative options without prior faculty approval will not meet the requirements for graduation and must complete the three-semester expected path for co-operative education described above.
Option 1 - Study Abroad
The student must complete two semesters of co-op work (typically EGR 290 and EGR 390) and 1 study abroad semester approved and supervised by the Padnos International Center.
In this case one of the three co-op semesters will be replaced by a study abroad experience. The student will be expected to take at least one engineering course during the study abroad semester - preferably a course that is not available at GVSU. In addition, courses that will enhance cross-cultural understanding will be strongly encouraged. The student will also be required to keep a journal during this experience and to orally present a summary of their experience to the faculty and students of the School of Engineering during the next academic semester.
Option 2 - Undergraduate Research
The student must complete two semesters of co-op work (typically EGR 290 and EGR 390) and 1 undergraduate research experience at a college or university other than GVSU as part of a recognized, structured research program (e.g. the NSF REU program).
In this case one of the three co-op semesters will be replaced by an undergraduate research experience. The student selecting this option will be expected to work closely with a research mentor in a research environment. The student will also be required to keep a journal during this experience and to orally present a summary of their experience to the faculty and the students of the School of Engineering during the next academic semester.
Option 3 - Technical Elective
The student must complete two semesters of co-op work (typically EGR 290 and EGR 390) and one (1) 300 level, or above, engineering technical elective course in the student’s major that is in addition to existing program requirements for technical electives.
Option 4 - Engineering Minor/Dual Major
The student must complete two semesters of co-op work (typically EGR 290 and EGR 390) and successfully complete either a) 1 or more engineering minors at GVSU or b) 2 or more engineering majors at GVSU. Both options (a) and (b) must include the completion of at least 3 additional courses in the program than are needed for the completion of any one major.
In addition to the required courses, a student must select engineering electives in his/her chosen program to form a coherent plan of study. The approval of the student’s academic advisor is required to ensure the course choices meet the requirements of the program. No more than two courses with a grade of less than C (2.0) may be counted toward the major.
A sample curriculum for the foundations of engineering course sequence that is completed during the freshman and sophomore years is presented below. A sample curriculum for the junior and senior years in each program is presented in the section addressing that program.