Science and Aviation

Having your head in the clouds is a good thing

A student in the Science and Aviation program at the University of Waterloo.

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.

airplaneJoin Canada's largest university professional pilot program

Briefcase Available as a regular program only

200+Hours of flight experience as part of your degree


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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A Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree student standing in front of small plane

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.

What will you learn?

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.

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.

Types of courses you'll take

39% science electives, 8% program electives, 8% math, 8% geography, 31% aviation, 3% communication, 3% elective

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


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megaphone icon"The best thing about my program are the sights you see. You get to experience the workplace before you ever even graduate. Not to mention your office is thousands of feet in the sky! This program is incredibly rewarding."Shabnam, fourth-year Science and Aviation student

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Ready to learn more?

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.