Courses for your Geography and Aviation degree

First-year courses

September to December

  • AVIA 100 – Introduction to Aviation
  • GEOG 101Human Geographies: People, Space and Change
  • GEOG 181Designing Effective Maps
  • CS 100 – Introduction to Computing Through Applications
  • One course from
    • ENGL 109 – Introduction to Academic Writing
    • ENGL 129R – Written Academic English

January to April

  • GEOG 102Global Environmental Systems: Process and Change
  • ENVS 178Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics
  • AVIA 101 – Professional Pilot Program Course 1*
  • One elective

This is a sample schedule. Courses may be subject to change depending on availability. *Some students will take Professional Pilot Program Course I (AVIA 101) during the spring term (May to August) following first year.

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Geography courses, while the other half will be Aviation courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

AVIA 270 – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Knowledge Requirements
AVIA 310 – Human Factors in Aviation
AVIA 417 – Aviation Safety
GEOG 271 – Earth from Space Using Remote Sensing


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, email our Faculty of Environment recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Learn more

Overview of Waterloo's Geography and Aviation program.