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Engineering Co-op Program
The University of South Alabama Engineering Cooperative Education Program provides an opportunity for students to alternate time in the classroom with periods of paid, full-time, career-related work experience. Work experience may take place in industry or government agencies.

Please contact USA Career Services at (251) 460-6188 for more information regarding the Engineering Co-op Program.    
Benefits of Engineering Co-op Education    
USA students gain valuable work experience through the Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Students experience work in a "real world" setting with an employer where their contributions make a difference. Engineering Co-op Requirements   
* Although no credit hours are assigned to Cooperative Education courses, a grade of Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) is assigned at the end of each work term and will appear on the official University transcript.    
Five Year Plan    

Engineering Co-op, an optional program at USA , entails work assignments one semester in duration beginning typically in the third or fourth semester of enrollment in the five-year engineering curriculum. Work assignments alternate with class semesters until three work semesters, or 52 weeks, are completed.

Students may begin their first work rotation in a Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Students entering USA as first-time freshmen in a Fall semester will follow one of the two paths shown. Transfer students will begin work rotations after all program requirements are met.

An Academic Advisor in the College of Engineering will help students establish a degree plan that allows the smooth integration of classes and work. The shortest path to their engineering degree will be developed for each engineering co-op student regardless of the semester of entry at USA . All students must consult their Academic Advisor to establish a complete degree plan before beginning the first work rotation. The application and preparation process may begin when 12 credit hours are completed.

Path 1    
Fall    Spring    Summer   
Year 1    C    C    C*   
Year 2     W    C    W   
Year 3     C    W    C   
Year 4     W    C    W   
Year 5     C    C    C*   
Path 2    
Fall    Spring    Summer   
Year 1    C    C    W   
Year 2     C    W    C   
Year 3     W    C    W   
Year 4     C    W    C*   
Year 5     C    C     
C=Class; W=Work; C*=Class Optional
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