Co-op Exceptions

Students should consult with their academic advisor or the co-op office to determine if they qualify for a co-op exception.

A student MAY qualify for a co-op exception if he/she has:

Earned an associate or bachelor’s degree BEFORE entering BGSU (contingent on program requirements)

Some students entering the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering who previously obtained an official Associate’s degree from an approved and accredited institution MAY receive credit for one (1) CO-OP course.  CO-OP course credit is only granted once the Associate’s degree appears on the student’s BGSU transcripts and is officially verified by BGSU’s Office of Registration & Records. Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine if they qualify.

Students who complete basic military training may receive credit for one co-op course. Once completed, the student must submit documentation to BGSU’s Office of Registration and Records verifying they have completed basic military training.  It is the student’s responsibility to consult with their academic advisor to ensure the substitution has been made.

Tech School and OJT periods vary, but must consist of at least 13 total weeks combination and must be directly related to student’s major. Example: Aircraft Maintenance for Aero Technology. Once completed, the student must submit documentation to BGSU’s Office of Registration and Records verifying completion. Students should consult with Nontraditional and Military Student Services in conjunction with their academic advisor and the co-op office regarding co-op credit.

Once completed, the student must submit documentation to the BGSU’s Office of Registration and Records.  It is the student s responsibility to consult with their academic advisor to ensure the waiver has been made.

Summer: 4 weeks

Summer: 6 weeks (includes two additional weeks of academic training (catch-up) for students that missed freshman and possibly sophomore Air Force ROTC coursework) (Prior to 2014)

Students must have two years of course work remaining (program requires students for two years following camp to fulfill program requirements). For the traditional four year students, camp occurs before the junior year. However, if a student is a senior and plans on attending graduate school, they may attend camp during the summer prior to graduate program start date. If a student is a senior and is not planning on attending graduate school, their current academic program must be extended by two years.

Summer: ~7 weeks

Highly competitive training programs will apply towards credit for one co-op course credit for AFROTC students who have completed field training.  A minimum of 7 weeks of education and training for Air Force officer career fields is required. Only individual programs approved by the chair of the students program will be eligible for co-op course credit.

Summer: 5 – 6 weeks

Advanced Camp Occurs between the students junior and senior year.

The Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the centerpiece of the US Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.  It is conduced only during the summer months (June, July, and August) at Fort Lewis, WA. LDAC is normally attended by cadets between their junior and senior years of college although the last rotation consists of soldiers in the OCS (Officer Candidate School) program.

The cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) provides cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a dining facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

Of the two 6 week classes, only one will waive co-op credit:

Platoon Leader Class (Junior or Senior)

The 10 week class will waive one co-op course credit:

Platoon Leaders Class (Combined):

The Platoon Leaders Class is a physically and mentally challenging summer program leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. The training is conducted only during the summer. Freshman and sophomores attend two 6 week training sessions. Juniors and seniors and graduates attend a 10 week session. All training is conducted at Officer Candidates School (OJS), Quantico, Virginia.

If a College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering student has work experience related to their field of study prior to entering the college, the student may be eligible for Credit By Examination (CBE).

Note: If you are in the Management and Technology program, you should consult with your faculty advisor, Dr. Shelley Waltonen Moore, at for additional information and the appropriate forms.

1.  Was your work experience (which must be related to your current major) full-time (working at least 40 hours per week) and continuous (with no breaks in between) for at least 12 months?

2. Did your work experience occur after high school graduation and (preferably) related to your Associate Degree?

3. Did your work experience (which must be related to your current major) occur prior to entering the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering?

4. Can you provide documentation of said employment?

*CBE approval takes approximately 5 weeks.

An $80 charge will be added to your Bursar account after the CBE documents are submitted.

  1. Prior to completing the required CBE paperwork the student must consult with a designated faculty member from their major about CBE requirements, (via email, face to face or by phone), to determine if their work experience is applicable for CBE.
  2. Be able to answer yes to ALL CBE qualifications,
  3. AND have CBE work experience documentation.

If it is determined CBE may be applicable the student must submit the required documents during a semester in which s/he is registered for at least 2 semester hours of credit at Bowling Green State University To:

Under Graduate Student Services Office
College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0306

Call 419-372-7581 for information about electronic submission

The following documents must be arranged in the order outlined below and submitted as one PDF.

    1. CBE Application and Examination Packet Cover Sheet

    2. Documentation of Previous Work Experience

  • Letter(s) must verify your 12 month work experience and a description of the position.
  • Documentation must be on company letterhead from the company(ies) you are using for your CBE experience.
  • Letter(s) must be signed and dated by a human resource manager, supervisor or other appropriate person.

    3. Recommendation/Evaluation of Work Experience

    To be completed by the company using one of the methods listed below:

  • Formal company performance evaluation for the 12 month period
  • Or letter(s) of reference (this can be incorporated as an additional paragraph is the letters of documentation defined above)
  • OR Cooperative Education Performance Evaluation form (blank copies are available in the co-op office).

    4. Cooperative Education Report (Download the CBE Report Template)

Important Notice:  If you are completing a Credit By Exam (CBE) you MUST use the Credit By Exam Report Template as listed above.  DO NOT use the TECH 2890, 3890 or 4890 report templates even though your CBE is counting towards one of these.