Course Registration, Major-Specific Details

The Co-op courses are online courses, without a room number, day, or time, so be sure to set your search criteria accordingly.

Be sure to drop your other courses for the semester you are working, if you've already registered - BUT DON'T DROP THEM until you have accepted the job offer. It is not possible to take a full course load during a Co-op work semester, although some students do take an additional evening or online course. If you want to take two or more courses, in addition to the Co-op course, during any work term, you need to get permission from the Co-op Director

Course Number Variations

There are 3 Co-op courses but the letter prefixes and number will change depending upon the major. See your major link to learn which specific course to register for.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

BME students can earn only six technical elective credits through the Co-op Program and therefore can work only two semesters.

The prerequisites for BMEN 4896 is the completion of all 3xxx BMEN courses (i.e. the completion of your third year).

BME students will register for the following Co-op courses:

First work semester: BMEN 4896

Second work semester: BMEN 4996

Permission Number: You will need a permission number from Ashlee Haluptzok, bmedus@umn.edu, in order to register.

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

BMEN 4896 is taken the summer after the third year, and BMEN 4996 is taken either in the Fall or the Spring of the fourth year. You will take Senior Design (BMEN 4001W/4002W) concurrently with BMEN 4996, and your employment should not conflict with course activities/requirements. Should your employer not be willing to allow you to leave work for the Senior Design activities/requirements, it is possible to take the two work semesters during a “gap year,” after the completion of the third year and prior to the start of the fourth year; however, this would be a last-resort option.

Co-op students will be approximately two technical elective courses (~6 credits) short of graduation at the conclusion of their fourth year. This will typically require an additional semester of school in the Fall semester of the fifth year. In some cases, it might be possible to take UNITE courses during the work semester(s) to satisfy the remaining technical elective course requirements.

See the PDF in the link below for more specific details.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

You will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: ME3041
  2. Second work semester: ME4043W
  3. Third work semester: ME4044 (this is an optional semester).

Permission Numbers: No permission number is needed.

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

To participate in the Co-op program, you need to define at least two semesters for the work assignment. If you are following the 4-year plan exactly, there is only one reasonable place to fit in this opportunity.

1. An entire academic year between Junior and Senior year.  In this option, you can complete two semesters (Fall + Spring) or three semesters (Fall + Spring + Summer) between the Junior and Senior Years.  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one year.

If you are ahead of schedule on the requirements in the lower division such that you can complete all required courses from the first two years on the 4-year plan in 3 semesters, then you can consider a Co-op assignment during Spring Sophomore year and the following summer. There may be other possibilities depending on your specific situation; see Kacey Gregerson or your Faculty advisor to discuss.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

CompE students can earn only six technical elective credits through the Co-op Program and therefore can work only two semesters.

CompE students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: EE3041
  2. Second work semester: EE4043W

Permission Number: You will need a permission number in order to register. Request the permission number here: https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/ecematrix/administrative-forms/ee-permission-number-request-form

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

EE students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: EE3041
  2. Second work semester: EE4043W
  3. Third work semester: EE4044

Permission Number: You will need a permission number in order to register. Request the permission number here: https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/ecematrix/administrative-forms/ee-permission-number-request-form

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering

 ISyE students will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: IE3041
  2. Second work semester: IE4043W
  3. Third work semester: IE4044 (this is an optional semester).

Permission Numbers: You will need a permission number from Katherine Sharpe, shar0154@umn.edu, in order to register.

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

You will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: ME3041
  2. Second work semester: ME4043W
  3. Third work semester: ME4044 (this is an optional semester).

Permission Numbers: No permission number is needed.

How to fit the Co-op work semesters into your schedule.

To participate in the Co-op program, you need to define at least two semesters for the work assignment. If you are following the 4-year plan exactly, there are two reasonable places to fit in this opportunity.

  1. Summer between Junior and Senior Year + Fall Senior Year.  In this option, you will complete the Co-op assignment and then return to campus for Spring Senior Year (permission will be granted for taking MatS 4301W without MatS 4212) and follow that up with the Fall Senior Year courses (MatS 4212, MatS 4221, Tech Electives).  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one semester (December graduation). 
  2. An entire academic year between Junior and Senior year.  In this option, you will complete two semesters (Fall + Spring) or three semesters (Fall + Spring + Summer) between the Junior and Senior Years.  This option extends time needed to earn your degree by one year.

If you are ahead of schedule on the requirements in the lower division such that you can complete all required courses from the first two years on the 4-year plan in 3 semesters, then you can consider a Co-op assignment during Spring Sophomore year and the following summer.   There may be other possibilities depending on your specific situation; see Kacey Gregerson or your Faculty advisor to discuss.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

You will register for the following Co-op courses:

  1. First work semester: ME3041
  2. Second work semester: ME4043W
  3. Third work semester: ME4044 (this is an optional semester).

Permission Numbers: No permission number is needed.

Advising Hold: Make your advising appointment during the semester you are on campus as last minute, phone-in advising slots are difficult to obtain.

First Day Registration is granted to Mechanical Engineering Co-op students to ensure registration in needed courses and to assist students in planning for a timely graduation. This privilege continues until you complete your degree requirements, so it is important to register on the first day to assure entry into required courses. However, if you drop the Co-op Program for any reason before completing the first two working semesters, you will no longer be scheduled for first day registration and will resume your position in the registration queue.

After you have been offered a Co-op job position, you will fill out the Job Status form. After the Co-op office receives your Job Status form, you will receive first day registration.

Please note that students admitted to the Co-op Program, contingent upon being accepted into Upper Division, will not be granted first day registration until they have Upper Division status.