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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
& Refrigeration AAS

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration AAS degree (AAS_AIRC) is offered at LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the HVAC Department.

Program Description

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration associate of applied science degree prepares the individual for a technical service career in residential or light commercial/industrial environmental systems. The student will study the mechanical and electrical/electronic systems involved in contemporary environmental controls. The academic requirements of the program provide a foundation for continued studies should the student decide to pursue his or her education or training.

The HVAC&R certificate program prepares the individual for basic, entry-level employment in the residential and/or light commercial heating and air-conditioning service industry. The essentials of the mechanical and electrical systems of contemporary air-conditioning and heating systems are addressed throughout the program.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Program Plan

First Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
HART 1401 Basic Electricity for HVAC 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
HART 1407 Refrigeration Principles 4
HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities I 3
SPCH   Elective 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
HART 1441 Residential Air Conditioning 4
HART 1445 Gas and Electric Heating 4
MAIR 1449 Refrigerators, Freezers, Window Air Conditioners 4
HART 2445 Residential Air Conditioning Systems Design 4
HART 2380 Cooperative Education 3

TOTAL Credits for First Year:


Second Year Credits

Course Number Title Credits
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers 4
KINE   Any physical activity course 1
HART 2436 Air Conditioning Troubleshooting 4
HART 2449 Heat Pumps 4
HART 2431 Advanced Electricity 4
HART 2434 Advanced A/C Controls OR 4
HART 2441 Commercial Air Conditioning  
HART 1491 Special Topics in Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 4
HART 2443 Industrial Air Conditioning OR 4
HART 2442 Commercial Refrigeration  

TOTAL Credits for Second Year:


Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for AAS Degree:


  1. Meets multicultural requirement
  2. Choose from SPCH 1311, 1315, or 1321
  3. The capstone experience is completed by taking a departmental exit exam.
    It is strongly suggested to take one of the following professional exams: ARI/GAMA: Competency Exam in Residential Air Conditioning Service; ICE: Certification in Residential and Light Commercial Air Conditioning Service; or Technician Certification Exam.
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