Associate in Applied Science in Building Science and Construction Technologies

This program provides students with knowledge and skills needed for entry-level positions in the building construction industry. The curriculum within the program addresses application knowledge required to build and maintain sustainable housing, buildings, and communities. Students can choose from a variety of concentrations within the construction industry including carpentry, HVAC, plumbing and residential energy auditor/inspector.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Build or design models of systems in building science and construction.
  • Diagnose complex situations in specific building fields.
  • Explain cause-effect relationships as they relate to building science.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team on the job site.
  • Describe construction-based scenarios clearly
    and accurately.

Class Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)

Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 119         Professional Communication (3)

[or]

ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

[or]

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

BLDG 115        Trades Math (3)

[or]

MATH elective (3)

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health, and Wellness (1 hrs.)

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (20 hrs.)

BLDG 111        Construction Safety (3)

BLDG 112        Building Systems (3)

BLDG 212        Construction Management I (3)

BSAD 119         Entrepreneurship – Planning and

Introduction (3)

ENEF 111         Healthy Homes (1)

ENEF 114         House as a System (3)

FACT 113         Basic Blueprint Reading (2)

FACT 114         Basic Electricity and Controls (2)

 

ADOBE CONSTRUCTION CONCENTRATION: (18 HRS)

CIP: 15.1001

ADOB 111        Adobe Construction Basics (3)

ADOB 112        Adobe Wall Construction  (3)

ADOB 113        Passive Solar Adobe Design (2)

ADOB 114        Floor Design and Construction  (3)

ADOB 115        Finish Practices  (3)

APPROVED ELECTIVES: (4 HRS. MIN)

Choose from the following

ADOB 116        Roof Design and Construction  (3)

ADOB 118        Preservation Practices (3)

ADOB 122        Rammed Earth Construction (2)

ADOB 198        Adobe Building Practicum (1-3)

Students must work closely with program advisers to select electives

 

GREEN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SKILLS CONCENTRATION: (15 HRS. mIN.)       CIP: 15.1001

BLDG 113        Introduction to Green Building (3)

BLDG 122        Building Systems II (3)

BLDG 193        Green Building Skills Practicum (3)

BLDG 222        Construction Management II (3)

BLDG 225        Green Building Policies, Codes, and Incentives (3)

APPROVED ELECTIVES (3 HRS. MIN)

Students must work closely with program advisers to select electives

 

HEATING VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING CONCENTRATION (21 HRS)                      CIP: 47.0201

HVAC 111        Basic Commercial Refrigeration (2)

HVAC 121        Air Conditioning and Electric Motor Application (4)

HVAC 131        Application of Refrigeration Systems (4)

HVAC 211        Refrigerant Management (2)

HVAC 221        Gas Heating Furnaces (2)

HVAC 231        Air Movement, Distribution, Heat Load Calculations (4)

SOLR 131          Design and Installation of Solar Hot Water Systems (3)

 

PLUMBING CONCENTRATION: (18 HRS.)        CIP: 46.0503

PLMB 111         Basic Plumbing/Safety/Pipe Fitting (2)

PLMB 121         Gas Piping and Combustion Venting (3)

PLMB 131         Service Plumbing, Repair, Maintenance and Remodel (2)

PLMB 211         Water Supply Systems and Backflow Prevention (3)

PLMB 221         Drain, Waste, Vent and Gray Water (3)

PLMB 231         Boilers and Hydronic Systems (2)

SOLR 131          Design and Installation of Solar Hot Water Systems (3)

 

Residential Energy Auditor / Inspector Concentration:  (13 HRS. mIN.)                                CIP: 15.0503

ENEF 124          Single Family Energy Auditor /

Inspector (3)

ENEF 128          Diagnostic Testing of Residential

Buildings (3)

ENEF 211          Residential Auditing Software (3)

ENEF 213          HVAC for Energy Auditor / Inspector (3)

ENEF 215          Healthy Homes for the Energy Auditor / Inspector (1)

 

Approved Electives: (5 hrs Min.)

Choose from the following:

BLDG 225         Green Building Policies, Codes and

Incentives (2)

ENEF 226          Multifamily Energy Auditor (3)

ENEF 228          Quality Control Inspection and

Evaluation (3)

ENEF 293          Field Auditing Practicum (3)

ENVR 112         Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technologies (3)

Students must work closely with program advisers to select electives

 

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

 

TOTAL 61 CREDITS MIN.