AAS, Construction and Design, Landscape Architecture

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Construction and Design, Landscape Architecture introduces students to the design philosophies, methodologies, theories, and techniques necessary to continue their education in the field of landscape 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
English 3 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 3 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
AAD 125 Construction Drawings and Detailing 3
AAD 201 History of the Built Environment 3
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Electives 3 6
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AAD 101 Design with Nature 3
AAD 223 Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners 3
AAD 280 Fundamentals of Architecture Design I 3
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
Elective 3 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
AAD 282 Fundamentals of Architecture Design II 3
CONS 120 Print Reading and Specification 3
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics 3
Electives 3 6
 Semester Total15
 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
Composition I 1
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science
AAD 201History of the Built Environment3
Human Relations[3]
Design Foundation I
and Design Foundation I Discussion
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
Introduction to Environmental Science
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Choose 1 or 2 of the following:
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
Introduction to American Politics
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements
AAD 125Construction Drawings and Detailing3
CONS 120Print Reading and Specification3
AAD 100Introduction to Architectural Design3
AAD 101Design with Nature3
AAD 180Design Foundation I3
AAD 181Design Foundation I Discussion3
AAD 202Analysis of the Built Environment3
AAD 223Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners3
AAD 280Fundamentals of Architecture Design I3
AAD 282Fundamentals of Architecture Design II3
Electives: select 12-15 units from the following12-15
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Drawing I
Physical Geography of Earth's Environment
Geology: Exploring Planet Earth
Critical Thinking and Reasoning
Principles of Sociology
Choose any AAD or ADT from the course offerings
Total Units60

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


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

Students completing the degree emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of landscape architectural design theory as it relates to form, space, and order as it pertains to the practice of landscape architecture. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare basic landscape 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 landscape architectural program.