Ask many of the NU Physics majors why they come to NU to study Physics and the primary reason is the cooperative education experience. The co-op experiences alternate with classroom study. Most students experience two – three co-op assignments, which are found with the help of the Physics Co-op Faculty Coordinator. Those who participate in three co-op assignments will benefit from 1.5 years of valuable work experience prior to graduation. Not only do these “hands-on” work experiences provide great learning opportunities but they also offer valuable networking contacts and references for later employment.
With the vast majority of Physics majors participating in co-op, the Northeastern Physics curriculum integrates those experiences into the Physics coursework. However, the curriculum is also flexible enough to support students who choose to forego the co-op experience.