Courses for your Science and Aviation degree

First-year courses

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

September to December

January to April


This a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability. Some students may begin Professional Pilot Program Course I (AVIA 101) during the spring term (May to August) following first year, depending on cohort.

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Aviation courses with the other half being mostly Science courses with some Math and Geography classes to round out your degree. 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 307 – Professional Pilot Program Course 7
AVIA 310 – Human Factors in Aviation
EARTH 221 – Introductory Geochemistry
EARTH 238 – Introductory Structural Geology


Types of courses you'll take

45% Science electives, 32.5% Aviation, 7.5% Math, 7.5% Geography, 2.5% Communication, 5% Program electives

This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Time management
  • Safety and risk management
  • Public speaking
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills a Science and Aviation major can provide.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals; which courses you take; and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.


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, contact our Faculty of Science recruitment co-ordinator.

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 Science and Aviation degree program.