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 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.


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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.

About the Science and Aviation program

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CapEarn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Science and Aviation

200+Hours of flight experience as part of your degree
BeakerOffered by the Faculty of Science
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Science and Aviation admission requirements

First-year Science and Aviation courses

September to December

AVIA 100 - Introduction to Aviation
GEOG 181 - Designing Effective Maps
1 Mathematics Elective (such as MATH 127 - Calculus 1 for the Sciences)
2 Science Electives:

January to April

AVIA 101 - Professional Pilot Program Course I
ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
2 Science Electives:


May to August

AVIA 102 - Professional Pilot Program Course II

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be science courses with the other half being Aviation, Math, Communications and Geography courses

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


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.


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

Professional designation

  • Students graduate with a Commercial Pilot License

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