AAS, Construction and Design, Residential Design

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Construction and Design, Residential Design will provide the student with a foundation of knowledge and skills for the design of residential projects. Completion of the emphasis degree will enhance the employment opportunities with architectural firms that specialize in residential architecture. The successful student upon completion of this degree will satisfy the educational requirements for candidates pursuing a residential designer professional registration as set forth by the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AAD 180 Design Foundation I 3
AAD 181 Design Foundation I Discussion 3
ADT 105 Architectural Drafting I 5
English 3 3
MATH 108 Math for Technicians 3
 Semester Total17
2nd semester
AAD 125 Construction Drawings and Detailing 3
Communications 3 3
Electives: 3 6
Diversity 3 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AAD 223 Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners 3
AAD 280 Fundamentals of Architecture Design I 3
ADT 230 Mechanical and Electrical Equip for Buildings 3
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
AAD 265 Computer Applications in Architecture I 3
AAD 282 Fundamentals of Architecture Design II 3
CONS 111 Commercial Building Codes 3
CONS 120 Print Reading and Specification 3
Elective: Choose 1 transferable unit if needed. 1
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


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
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Human Relations[3]
Design Foundation I
and Design Foundation I Discussion
Math for Technicians (or higher)
ENV 101Introduction to Environmental Science3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
History of the Built Environment
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Required, Choose 1 or 2 courses from the following:
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
Emphasis Requirements:
AAD 180Design Foundation I3
AAD 181Design Foundation I Discussion3
AAD 223Graphic Software for Arch, Const, Dsgnr, Planners3
AAD 265Computer Applications in Architecture I3
AAD 280Fundamentals of Architecture Design I3
AAD 282Fundamentals of Architecture Design II3
ADT 105Architectural Drafting I5
ADT 230Mechanical and Electrical Equip for Buildings3
CONS 111Commercial Building Codes3
Elective Requirements
Select 7 units from the following:7
Fundamentals of Design II
Fundamentals of Design Discussion II
Special Topics in AAD
Design with Climate
Principles of Sociology
Intern in Arch Design Technology
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Architectural Design
Any other AAD or ADT course
Total Units60

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

Students completing the degree will:

  • Identify and apply residential design theories.
  • Prepare basic residential project types demonstrating design and construction and knowledge. 
  • Synthesize the knowledge and skills that will enable them to meet the educational requirements for candidates pursuing a residential designer processional license.