Geography and Aviation

Launch a high-flying career in the aviation industry

Geography and Aviation student inside a plane examining the controls

Do you dream of being a pilot? Take to the skies with the largest university-level aviation program in Canada.

You’ll earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from one of the country’s top-ranked geography departments – and graduate with your Commercial Pilot Licence. There’s no better way to appreciate geography than from several thousand feet above the ground. And your knowledge of geography will be an asset when you’re navigating across continents.

Between the classroom and the cockpit, you’ll gain a deep understanding of landforms, weather patterns, and the computer technology behind tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

Program highlights

Log 200+ flight hours. Through a partnership with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, you'll receive at least 200 hours of in-the-air experience at one of Canada's largest flight training centres.

Build crucial skills. As well as learning to fly, you’ll obtain your multi-engine and multi-instrument ratings, giving you the skills you need to handle twin-engine aircraft in all sorts of weather.


Geography and Aviation at Waterloo

Chelsea-Anne recalls her first time flying on her own, her first time flying with her mom, and shares a glimpse into the life of an aviation student.

What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational aviation, geography, and environmental courses.

In your upper years, about half of the classes you'll take will be in aviation, and the other half will be related to geography.

Courses you'll take for your Geography and Aviation degree →

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the areas of focus within the program.

  • Climate Change and Environment
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Economy and Society
  • Geomatics​​

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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • One Grade 12 U Mathematics course (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission average: Mid-80s

Qualified applicants will be asked to complete a screening process by the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre that includes a program briefing session, Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certification, and an Aviation Language Proficiency Test (for Permanent Residents and visa students only; the medical certification must be completed prior to writing the test).

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How to apply?

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