Science and Aviation

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 toward your Commercial Pilot Licence with aviation courses through the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.

Build valuable skills

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.


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Through a partnership with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, you'll receive at least 200 hours of flight experience at one of Canada's largest and most experienced flight training centres. You'll learn to fly and attain your multi-engine and multi-instrument ratings.

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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six 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)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics

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 Aviation Language Proficiency Test (for Permanent Residents and visa students only; the medical certification must be completed prior to writing the test).

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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First-year courses

September to December

January to April


This a sample schedule. Courses may be taught in different terms from year to year. Professional Pilot Course II (AVIA 102) is required during the spring term (May to August) following first year.

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 310 – Human Factors in Aviation
AVIA 320 – Aviation Safety
EARTH 221 – Geochemistry 1
EARTH 238 – Introductory Structural Geology


200+Hours of flight experience as part of your degree

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Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

What can you do with a degree in aviation?

Science and Aviation graduates pursue careers as pilots as well as flight instructors and aerial surveyors.

Recent graduates

  • Flight Instructor, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
  • Pilot Cadet, Cathay Pacific Airways

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