AAS, Construction and Design, Architecture

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Construction and Design, Architecture  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 100 Introduction to Architectural Design 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 201 History of the Built Environment 3
AAD 230 Design with Climate 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MATH 127 Pre-Calculus II 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AAD 223 Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners 3
AAD 280 Fundamentals of Architecture Design I 3
Elective (ART 101 is recommended) 4 5
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
AAD 202 Analysis of the Built Environment 3
AAD 265 Computer Applications in Architecture I 3
AAD 282 Fundamentals of Architecture Design II 3
CONS 120 Print Reading and Specification 3
PHYS 151 General Physics I 3 4
 Semester Total16
 Total Units60

See program recommendations or 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 Science 23
History of the Built Environment 2
Human Relations:[3]
Design Foundation I
and Design Foundation I Discussion
MATH 127Pre-Calculus II3
PHYS 151General Physics I 34
Additional College Requirements
History of the Built Environment
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 23
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
US History to 1877
and U. S. History since 1877
US History to 1877
and Nevada History
US History to 1877
and Nevada Constitution
US History to 1877
and Survey of State and Local Government
Degree Requirements
AAD 125Construction Drawings and Detailing3
CONS 120Print Reading and Specification3
AAD 100Introduction to Architectural Design3
AAD 180Design Foundation I3
AAD 181Design Foundation I Discussion3
AAD 202Analysis of the Built Environment3
AAD 223Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners3
AAD 230Design with Climate3
AAD 265Computer Applications in Architecture I3
AAD 280Fundamentals of Architecture Design I3
AAD 282Fundamentals of Architecture Design II3
Special Topics in AAD
Intern in Arch Design Technology
Drawing I
Pre-Calculus I
General Physics I 3
Or choose any other transferable elective.
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.


 Additional Science unit will count toward electives.

Students completing the degree will:

  • Identify and apply architectural design theories.  
  • Prepare basic architectural presentations demonstrating design and construction knowledge.
  • Synthesize course knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the requirements for acceptance into an accredited architectural program.