How do you want to study aviation? At the University of Waterloo, you have two options:

No matter which program you choose, the flight training will be the same and you'll receive a prestigious university degree from the University of Waterloo.

In addition to Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), graduates from UWaterloo's Aviation programs earn either a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES - Geography and Aviation) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc - Science and Aviation) 4-year degree.

In the Faculties of Environment and Science, several aviation-congruent areas can be identified, including:

  • solid-state physics,
  • wireless communication,
  • astrophysics,
  • energy cells,
  • fuels,
  • materials,
  • climatology/meteorology,
  • environmental sciences,
  • remote sensing,
  • computer cartography,
  • geomorphology,
  • global positioning systems (GPS),
  • geographic information systems (GIS), and
  • many others.

The program also incorporates several university-level academic courses in aviation (common within both the geography and science programs). These courses are:

  • AVIA 100: Introduction to Aviation
  • AVIA 310: Human Factors in Aviation
  • AVIA 320: Aviation Safety
  • AVIA 374: RPAS (UAV) Requirements for Geomatics

All of these are designed to enhance the training you receive from Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the aviation industry. These courses are offered at the university, primarily in the fall and winter terms leaving the spring term for dedicated flight training.