Land and Food Systems

Land and Food Systems student, Courtney Kohnen, testing finished products for conformity with product specifications at Happy Planet
A Co-op in Land and Food Systems gives you the opportunity to work in areas that address local, national and global issues surrounding in human health, sustainable food supply, and responsible use of finite land and water resources.

Your work experience will take the form of four four-month work placements at a variety of organizations. You must complete all four work terms in order to receive a co-op designation on your transcript.

If you wish to apply to the program, you must be in your third year and have declared Land and Food Systems as your major. You must also consult with an undergraduate advisor for course planning.

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Work Term Schedule

Schedule A

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4        -
3 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 1
4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8        -

The above schedule is highly recommended by the Co-op Program in order for students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate schedule is available in consultation with your Co-op Coordinator.

Sample Jobs and Companies

Co-op Student - FreshXtend Technologies

  • Conduct shelf-life studies
  • Collect data via gas, chemical, microbial and sensory analysis over the course of the study
  • Provide technical support to clients and to the R&D team

Quality Assurance and Marketing - Happy Planet

  • Researching current marketing trends, nutritional claims, health claims and competitors product analysis
  • Finished product testing, Brix, pH, acid, viscosity, specific gravity, taste test
  • Research health benefits of ingredients, develop product grid

Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum average of around B-
  • Be a full-time UBC (Vancouver) student in good academic standing in mathematics, english and the sciences
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrate interest in their chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland