Majors & Requirements

Minimum program requirements to participate in co-op:

ACCT – Accounting

3391 Cooperative Education in Accounting

  • Prerequisites: ACCT 2310, ACCT 2330, and ACCT 3311, each with a grade of C or greater, but concurrent enrollment in ACCT 3311 permitted; major in Accounting; junior standing; GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work completed; consent of Department Chair prior to registration. Provides experience in an organizational setting designed to integrate accounting theory and practice. A written project, designed in consultation with the faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours working for a participating employer during a semester are required. The exact activities and responsibilities related to the work experience must be specified in written agreements between the student, faculty member, employer, and the Office of Cooperative Education. Course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only, with credit being equivalent to C or greater performance. Three credit hours.

ANTH – Anthropology

4399 Anthropology Cooperative Learning Internship

  • Prerequisite: declared major, 60 hours of course work completed, consent of the department chairperson and director of cooperative education. Placement in an applied work experience in either physical or cultural anthropology or archaeology. Students will work under the direction of specialists in these areas or specialists in related areas. Credit will be awarded based on at least 200 hours of work during the semester and fulfillment of the contractual obligations agreed to by both UALR and the public/private agency where placement occurs. Three credit hours.

BIOL – Biology 

3391 / 4391 Cooperative Education in Biology BIOL

  • Prerequisites: junior standing, acceptance as a biology major, minimum GPA of 2.50, and consent of the department chairperson. Cooperative education seeks to integrate academic and professional work experience. Students will be placed in a work setting consistent with their biological career objectives. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. No more than six hours independent study, undergraduate research, and/or cooperative education may be counted for biology elective credit (See “Independent Research and Study” on page 35). Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: senior standing, acceptance as a biology major, minimum GPA of 2.50, completion of BIOL 3391, and consent of the department chairperson. Cooperative education seeks to integrate academic and professional work experience. Students will be placed in a work setting consistent with their biological career objectives. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. No more than six hours independent study, undergraduate research, and/or cooperative education may be counted for biology elective credit (See “Independent Research and Study”). Three credit hours.

CPSC – Computer Science 

2391 / 3391 / 4391 Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisites: major in computer science, CPSC 2376 or CPSC 2377, and consent of department chairperson. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theoretical concepts in a professional work environment. A minimum of 200 hours of work with a participating employer. The exact number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: major in computer science, completion of the computer science freshman and sophomore core, and consent of department chairperson. Further work experiences to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theoretical concepts in a professional work environment. A minimum of 200 hours work with a participating employer. The exact number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: major in computer science, CPSC 3391, and consent of department chairperson. Continuation of CPSC 3391. Work experiences to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theoretical concepts in a professional work environment. A minimum of 200 hours work with a participating employer. The exact number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.

CNMG – Construction Management

4391 Cooperative Education                       

  • Prerequisites: junior standing, declared major in construction management or construction engineering, and cumulative GPA of at least 2.50; approval of assignment by department chairperson. Requires at least 200 contact hours on the job. Three credit hours. Offered on demand.

CRJU – Criminal Justice 

4333 Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Experience in law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts, probation and parole departments, other correctional institutions, delinquency control programs, and public or voluntary agencies. Three credit hours.

ERSC – Earth Science 

4391 Cooperative Education in Earth Science

  • Prerequisites: Consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Dual listed as ERSC 5391. Three credit hours.

5391 Cooperative Education in Earth Science

  • Prerequisites: Consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Dual listed as ERSC 4391. Three credit hours.

ECON – Economics

4396 Cooperative Education I

  • Prerequisites: senior standing, economics major, completion of at least 9 hours of upper-level economics courses with a grade of C or greater, cumulative GPA of 2.50, and consent of department chairperson prior to registration. Designated to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theories and concepts in a professional work environment. A written project, designed in consultation with the faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required. The exact number of weekly work hours, activities, and responsibilities are dependent upon the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements between the student, faculty member, and the Office of Cooperative Education. This course is accepted as elective credit in the economics major. Three credit hours.

ECET – Electronics/Computer Engineering Technology 

2191 / 2291 / 3191 / 3291 Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisites: sophomore standing in engineering technology and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of faculty advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 2291. Requires at least 240 contact hours on the job. One credit hour.
  • Prerequisites: sophomore standing and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 2191. Requires at least 480 contact hours on the job. Two credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: junior standing in engineering technology and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50, minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 3291. Requires at least 240 contact hours on the job. One credit hour.
  • Prerequisites: junior standing in engineering technology and approval of chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Work experience related to student objectives under supervision of advisor. Students who take this course may not take 3191. Requires at least
    480 contact hours on the job. Two credit hours.

ENHS – Environmental Health Sciences 

3391 / 4391 Cooperative Education in Environmental Health Services                         

  • Prerequisites: junior standing, acceptance as an environmental health sciences major, minimum GPA of 2.50, and consent of program director. Cooperative education seeks to integrate academic and professional work experiences. Students will be placed in a work setting consistent with their environmental education career objectives. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: junior standing, major in environmental health sciences, minimum GPA of 2.50, minimum of one semester of ENHS 3391, and consent of program director. Cooperative education seeks to integrate academic and professional work experiences. Students will be placed in a work setting consistent with their environmental education career objectives. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Three credit hours.

FINC – Finance

4396 Cooperative Education I

Prerequisites: senior standing, finance major, completion of at least 9 hours of upper level finance courses, cumulative GPA of 2.50, and consent of department chairperson prior to registration. Designated to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theories and concepts in a professional work environment. A written project, designed in consultation with the faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required. The exact number of weekly work hours, activities, and responsibilities depend upon the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements between the student, faculty member, and the Office of Cooperative Education. This course is accepted as elective credit in the finance major. Three credit hours

IFSC – Information Science

3391 / 3392 Junior Cooperative Education I / II

  • Prerequisites: Junior standing in information science or completion of the Information Technology Minor. This course may be substituted for a major elective with the consent of the chairperson. Work experience to complement and extend the classroom experience through the application of a student’s academic experiences in a professional information technology environment. A minimum of 200 hours of work with the participating employer is required. The exact number of hours per week, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the UALR Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: Junior standing in information science or completion of the Information Technology Minor. This course is designed as a continuing cooperative learning experience beyond IFSC 3391 and may be substituted for a major elective with the consent of the chairperson. Work experience to complement and extend the classroom experience through the application of a student’s academic experiences in a professional information technology environment. A minimum of 200 hours of work with the participating employer is required. The exact number of hours per week, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the UALR Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.

4391 / 4392 Senior Cooperative Education I / II

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing in information science and consent of chairperson if substituted for a major elective. Work experience to complement and extend the classroom experience through the application of a student’s academic experiences in information science in a professional information technology environment. A minimum of 200 hours of work with the participating employer is required. The exact number of hours per week, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the UALR Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: Senior standing in information science and consent of chairperson if substituted for a major elective. This course is designed as a continuing cooperative learning experience beyond IFSC 4391. Work experience to complement and extend the classroom experience through the application of a student’s academic experiences in information science in a professional information technology environment. A minimum of 200 hours of work with the participating employer is required. The exact number of hours per week, activities, and responsibilities are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the UALR Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.

INTS – International Studies

3350 / 3351 Cooperative Education Work Experience I / II

  • Prerequisites: major in international studies, INTS 2301, 2302, ECON 2321, FREN, GERM, or SPAN 2312, at least six upper-level required international studies hours, basic computer literacy, and consent of the international studies coordinator. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through application of theoretical concepts in a professional work environment with an international dimension. The exact number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities is dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in a written agreement between employer and student in coordination with the Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.

MGMT – Management 

3392 / 4393 Cooperative Education I / II

  • Prerequisite: consent of faculty sponsor and department chair prior to enrolling in the course. Provides experience in an organizational setting designed to integrate theory and practice. Course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only, with credit being equivalent to C or greater performance. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: MGMT 3392 and consent of instructor and department chair prior to enrolling in the course. Provides experience in an organizational setting designed to integrate theory and practice. Course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only, with credit being equivalent to C or greater performance. Three credit hours.

MKTG – Marketing

4395/ 4396 Cooperative Education I / II

  • Prerequisites: senior standing, major in marketing or advertising, completion of at least nine hours of upper-level marketing or advertising courses with a grade of C or greater, cumulative GPA of 2.50, and consent of a sponsoring faculty member prior to registration. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of marketing theories and concepts in a professional work environment. A written project, designed in consultation with the faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required. The exact number of weekly work hours, activities, and responsibilities are dependent upon the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements between the student, faculty member, and the Office of Cooperative Education. This course is accepted as elective credit in the marketing or advertising/public relations major. Course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: credit for the completion of MKTG 4395 and consent of a sponsoring faculty member prior to registration. Designed as the continuation of MKTG 4395. A written project, designed in consultation with the faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required. The exact number of weekly work hours, activities, and responsibilities are dependent upon the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements between the student, faculty member, and the Office of Cooperative Education. This course is not accepted as elective credit in the marketing or advertising/public relations major. Course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Three credit hours.

MCOM – Mass Communication

4391 Mass Communication Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisites: junior standing, consent of school director and director of cooperative education. Work experiences either in the commercial media under direction of professional journalists or in positions under supervision of public relations specialists. Periodic written and oral reports to the professor coordinating the study. Credit awarded for employment involving at least 20 hours per week and successful completion of specific instructional objectives that provide new learning on the job and in the major. Students who take this course may not take MCOM 4390. Three credit hours.

ETME – Mechanical Engineering Technology 

2191 / 2291 / 3191 / 3291 Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisites: sophomore standing in engineering technology and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of faculty advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 2291. Requires at least 240 contact hours on the job. One credit hour.
  • Prerequisites: sophomore standing and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 2191. Requires at least 480 contact hours on the job. Two credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: junior standing in engineering technology and approval of department’s chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50, minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Industrial experience under supervision of advisor to supplement course work. Students who take this course may not take 3291. Requires at least 240 contact hours on the job. One credit hour.
  • Prerequisites: junior standing in engineering technology and approval of chairperson; cumulative GPA of 2.50; minimum GPA of 2.30 for previous semester. Work experience related to student objectives under supervision of advisor. Students who take this course may not take 3191. Requires at least 480 contact hours on the job. Two credit hours.

PHYS – Physics

2391 / 3391 Cooperative Education Work Experience I / II

  • Prerequisite: consent of department chairperson. Core requisites: PHYS 1321, 1121 or PHYS 2321, 2121. Designed to enhance college education through career exploration in astronomy, engineering physics, or physics. A minimum of nine hours work per week. Exact number of hours will depend on the nature of the work experience and will be specified by a contract. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: major in physics, junior standing, and consent of department chairperson. Further work experiences to enhance college education through an internship in astronomy, engineering physics, or physics. A minimum of nine hours work per week. The exact number of hours will depend on the nature of the work experience and will be specified by a contract. Three credit hours.

POLS – Political Science

3338 / 3339 Cooperative Education in Political Science I / II

  • Prerequisites: declared major in political science; POLS 1310; and at least one upper-level course in political science, basic computer literacy, and consent of the department’s cooperative education coordinator. POLS 3303 is strongly recommended but not required. Cooperative Education in Political Science is designed to give a student majoring in the discipline an educationally applied field work learning experience. A maximum of six hours of Cooperative Education may be taken in the major. Three credit hours.

PSYC – Psychology

3368 Psychology Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisites: completed 30 semester hours with a 2.50 GPA overall, PSYC 2300, six upper-level hours in psychology and consent of the psychology department coordinator and the director of cooperative education. Transfer students must have completed one semester in residence. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 2340 or 2310. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of psychology-based concepts, skills, and technology in a professional work environment. PSYC 3368 normally requires 200 hours per semester with the employer. Number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities depends on the nature of the work and must be specified in a written agreement coordinated with the course instructor and the Office of Cooperative Education. Grading is based on the criteria of the written agreement and is the responsibility of the instructor. Three credit hours.

SPCH – Speech Communication

4315 Cooperative Education in Speech Communication

  • Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. An opportunity to apply communication concepts and skills in a professional setting outside the department. Focus us on experiencing and analyzing communication in real-world situations. Contact the department’s coordinator of cooperative education before enrolling in this course. Three credit hours.

8304 / 8604 Cooperative Education in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication 

  • Prerequisites: graduate standing and approval of assignment advisor. Job experience in an organization approved by the Speech Communication Department and the Cooperative Education Office. Students gain job experience through application of relevant theories, develop impersonal and organizational communication skills, meet regularly with their faculty member, and complete a major paper reflecting on their experiences in light of communication theory. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours for 3 credit hours or 400 semester work hours for 6 credit hours.

SYEN – Systems Engineering

3391 / 4391 Cooperative Education in Systems Engineering I / II

  • Prerequisites: declaration of systems engineering major, completion of at least 60 hours total credit hours with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 20 or more credit hours of systems engineering courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and permission of the systems engineering cooperative education faculty coordinator. This course is for qualified students who would like to combine classroom study with at least 200 hours of engineering-related paid employment. The course is a partnership between the student, the employer, the systems engineering faculty, and the UALR Office of Cooperative Education. An individualized Cooperative Education Learning Agreement will specify the detailed work assignment, including employer, supervisor, job title, work schedule, and rate of pay, as well as the academic requirements, including learning objectives, learning activities, documentation of learning, learning assessments, and grading policy. This course will be allowed to satisfy up to six hours of program electives. Three credit hours.
  • Prerequisites: SYEN 3391, an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 40 or more credit hours of systems engineering courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and permission of the systems engineering cooperative education faculty coordinator. This course is for qualified students who would like to combine classroom study with at least 200 hours of engineering-related paid employment. The course is a partnership between the student, the employer, the systems engineering faculty, and the UALR Office of Cooperative Education. An individualized Cooperative Education Learning Agreement will specify the detailed work assignment, including employer, supervisor, job title, work schedule, and rate of pay, as well as the academic requirements, including learning objectives, learning activities, documentation of learning, learning assessments, and grading policy. This course will be allowed to satisfy up to six hours of program electives. Three credit hours.

ASCI – Applied Science 

7191 / 7291 / 7391 Cooperative Education in Applied Science

  • Prerequisite: full time attendance for one semester in the applied science program with a GPA of 3.00 or better and the approval of the major professor and the graduate coordinator. Complements the classroom experience by allowing the student to apply the concepts of instrumentation in the work place. Minimum of one 10 week summer term. Written report, minimum of 200 hours work per credit hour are required. The exact number of hours, and the nature and responsibilities of the work will be specified in writing by the student, the sponsoring faculty member, and the employer. The course may be repeated for credit. The course cannot be used for credit toward the requirements for an applied science degree.

IGSC – Integrated Science and Mathematics

7391 Cooperative Education in Integrated Science

  • Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry, and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Three credit hours.

BSAD – Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

7395 Cooperative Education

  • MBA Electives Prerequisite: all MBA foundation courses, 12 credits of MBA core courses and consent of the graduate program director. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experiences through the application of theories and concepts in a professional work environment. A deliverable project, designed in consultation with a faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required.

RHET – Professional & Technical Writing

4395 / 4396 Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisite: RHET 3315, 3316, or 3317; recommendation of the departmental cooperative education coordinator. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theoretical concepts in a professional workplace. Exact number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities depend on the work experience and must be specified in a written agreement between the employer and student in coordination with the Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.

7395 Cooperative Education

  • Prerequisites: graduate standing and recommendation of the departmental cooperative education coordinator. Hands-on writing experience in a professional workplace. Work hours, activities, and responsibilities must be specified in a written agreement between the employer and student in consultation with the cooperative education coordinator and in coordination with the Office of Cooperative Education. May be repeated for credit.