Architecture and Residential Design, Architecture and Construction, AAS

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information is subject to change.

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Architecture and Construction, Architecture and Residential Design,  introduces students to the design philosophies, methodologies, theories, and techniques necessary to continue their education in the field of architecture.  Courses adhere to standards established by national industry associations and may fulfill requirements for students transferring into accredited baccalaureate programs.  Students are strongly encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select appropriate courses for their selected baccalaureate program.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AAD 101 Design with Nature 3
AAD 180 Design Foundation I 3
AAD 181 Design Foundation I Discussion 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
AAD 125 Construction Drawings and Detailing 3
AAD 223 Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners 3
AAE 280 Design Foundations II 6
US & Nevada Constitutions/Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AAD 201 History of the Built Environment 3
AAE 282 Design Foundations III 6
ENG 102 Composition II 3
PHYS 100 Introductory Physics 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
AAD 230 Design with Climate 3
AAD 261 Introduction to Topo Form and Design Technology 3
ART 101 Drawing I 3
AAD 256 Introduction to Land Use Planning 3
GEOL 100 Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

Program Requirements

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English/Communications 16
Composition I
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Course that meets U.S. and Nevada Constitutions Requirement
Human Relations:[3]
Design Foundation I
and Design Foundation I Discussion
Pre-Calculus I
Introductory Physics
General Physics I
Additional College Requirements
History of the Built Environment
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
Degree Requirements
AAD 125Construction Drawings and Detailing3
AAD 201History of the Built Environment 23
AAD 261Introduction to Topo Form and Design Technology3
GEOL 100Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters3
ART 101Drawing I3
AAD 101Design with Nature3
AAD 180Design Foundation I3
AAD 181Design Foundation I Discussion3
AAD 223Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners3
AAD 230Design with Climate3
AAD 256Introduction to Land Use Planning3
AAE 280Design Foundations II6
AAE 282Design Foundations III6
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


May also count toward additional degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

PSLO1: Identify and apply architectural design theories.  

PSLO2: Prepare basic architectural presentations demonstrating design and construction knowledge.

PSLO3: Synthesize course knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the requirements for acceptance into an accredited architectural program.