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Students based at either campus are eligible to participate in the co-op program through NC State after attending a co-op orientation. The Cooperative Education Program typically delays graduation by a year but provides valuable industry experience and the opportunity to earn money working as an engineer to help with tuition and other expenses. See more information more information.

Undergraduate co-op students alternate semesters of full-time study and full-time work experience, preferably for a minimum of three alternating semesters. Options 1, 2 and 3 in the table below are the best possible ways BME students can work alternating semesters within their schedule and the BME curriculum. Students take classes at least one summer to meet the alternating semester requirement.

Year Semester Co-op option 1 Co-op option 2 Co-op option 3
First year fall classes classes classes
spring classes classes classes
Second year fall classes classes classes
spring classes Co-op classes
summer open classes Co-op
Third year fall classes Co-op classes
spring Co-op classes Co-op
summer classes Co-op classes
Fourth year fall Co-op classes Co-op
spring classes classes classes
summer Co-op open open
Fifth year fall classes classes classes
spring classes classes classes
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