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.
Join Canada's largest university professional pilot program
Available as a regular program only
Hours of flight experience as part of your degree
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.
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
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
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
This is a general guideline. The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
- AVIA 100 - Introduction to Aviation
- GEOG 181 - Designing Effective Maps
- One math elective (such as MATH 127 - Calculus 1 for the Sciences)
- Two of the following:
January to April
- AVIA 101 - Professional Pilot Program Course I
- ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
- Two of the following:
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
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.
- Flight Instructor, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
- Pilot Cadet, Cathay Pacific Airways
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Science and Aviation
Offered by the Faculty of Science
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Ready to learn more?
- Read common questions about the aviation program
- Visit the Science and Aviation website
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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.