Programs

Are you interested in becoming a pilot, or are you looking for a career in the aviation industry? Discover your options at Waterloo.

Become a pilot

Geography and Aviation

Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)

Waterloo’s Geography and Aviation program, offered by the Faculty of Environment, takes a unique approach to aviation studies. You’ll explore the field from the perspective of a geographer and commercial pilot.

In your geography classes, you’ll learn to interpret weather patterns, identify land formations, read multi-layer maps, and use tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing. You can also add specializations in Climate Change, Earth Systems Science, Geomatics, and Economy and Society.

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Science and Aviation

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

The Science and Aviation program, offered by the Faculty of Science, is designed to provide a strong science and technology base for careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Earn your Commercial Pilot Licence in a program that provides advanced flight training while learning about the world underneath you.

Your core science education will be supplemented with courses that include cartography, climatology, geographic information systems, aerodynamics, and remote sensing. 

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Flight training

In addition to your university courses, you will receive one-on-one in-aircraft flight training with a flight instructor, complemented with Preparatory Ground Instruction (PGI), as well as professional pilot theory courses taught by a Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) instructor. Upon completing your degree, you will possess Transport Canada pilot qualifications (Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Multi-Engine Rating, and Instrument (IFR) Rating). Learn more about our flight training.

Milestones
Year one
 
Year four
  • Multi-Crew Coordination
  • SAMRA and SARON exams
 

At the end of your program, you will receive 205+ hours of total flight time.

    Sequence

     

    Year 1

    Year 2

    Year 3

    Year 4

    Fall

    Study

    Study and fly

    Study and fly

    Study

    Winter

    Study and fly

    Study and fly

    Study and fly

    Study or graduated

    Spring

    Fly, study optional

    Fly, study optional

    Fly, study optional

    Graduate


    Work in the aviation industry

    Geography and Environmental Management, Aviation specialization

    Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES)

    Gain the skills and expertise you need to excel in a career in the growing aviation or aerospace industries. 

    Earn a three or four year Bachelor of Environmental Studies from one of Canada's top-ranked geography departments, where you'll learn how to use tools such as geographic information systems and remote sensing, interpret weather patterns, read multi-layer maps, understand the impact of tourism, and advocate for sustainable practices within the aviation industry.

    Take advantage of the program’s flexibility and enroll in independent flight training, or select the co-op program, and graduate with a prestigious Waterloo degree and up to 20 months of paid work experience, all before graduation. The choice is yours.

    While no previous flying experience is required, transfer credits may be awarded to students with a Canadian Private Pilot License.

    Visit our future students site for admissions information.