Launch a high-flying career in the aviation industry
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 (Waterloo is ranked 39 in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities) – 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.
- 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.
- Offered as a regular program only
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography and Aviation and your Commercial Pilot Licence
- Offered by the Faculty of Environment
Geography and Aviation at Waterloo
What will you learn?
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.
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
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What can you do with a degree in aviation?
Graduates often work at airlines and flights centres as either pilots or flight instructors.
- Pilot – WestJet Airlines
- Pilot, First Officer – Sunwing Airlines
- Flight Instructor – Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre
- First Officer – Sunwing Airlines
- Flight Instructor – Brampton Flight Centre
- Pilot – Air Canada
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Geography and Aviation 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: Low 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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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Please contact Graham Barnes, our recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.