Having your head in the clouds is a good thing.
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree and your Commercial Pilot Licence through the largest aviation program in Canada.
Your core science education will be supplemented with courses that include cartography, climatology, geographic information systems, aerodynamics, and remote sensing. Our curriculum also emphasizes the organizational and communication skills you’ll need to succeed in the working world.
Aviation and aerospace industries demand a new breed of specialists who have well-developed analytical and decision-making skills, along with an understanding of complex aircraft systems.
Waterloo’s Science and Aviation program equips you with that expertise.
Log 200+ flight hours
You’ll spend lots of time in the air — flight hours that count towards your Commercial Pilot Licence with aviation courses through the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.
Build an awesome résumé
When you graduate, your combination of a university degree and a pilot’s licence will set you up for a wide range of airborne and ground-based careers — and give you a distinctive edge over your competition.
About the Science and Aviation program
Available as a regular program only
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Science and Aviation
Offered by the Faculty of Science
Science and Aviation admission requirements
- Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70%)
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- 2 of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics
- Admission averages: Low 80s
- An Admission Information Form is recommended
- Program Briefing Session, Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certification
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
First-year Science and Aviation courses
September to December
AVIA 100 - Introduction to Aviation
EARTH 121/EARTH 121L - Introductory Earth Sciences/Laboratory
GEOG 181 - Designing Effective Maps
MATH 127 - Calculus 1 for the Sciences
CHEM 120/CHEM 120L Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Lab
January to April
AVIA 101 - Professional Pilot Program Course I
EARTH 122/EARTH 122L - Introductory Environmental Sciences/ Laboratory
SCCOM 100 - Communication in the Sciences
CHEM 123/CHEM 123L Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Lab
May to August
AVIA 102 - Professional Pilot Program Course II
After first year
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 Science and Aviation courses
Customize your Bachelor of Science in Science and Aviation degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor/minors.
Careers in Science and Aviation
Science and Aviation graduates pursue careers as pilots as well as flight instructors and aerial surveyors.
- Flight Instructor, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
- Pilot Cadet, Cathay Pacific Airways
- Students graduate with a Commercial Pilot License