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

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HART 1401 Basic Electricity for HVAC 4
HART 1407 Refrigeration Principles 4
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR  
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication  

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

14

Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HART 1441 Residential Air Conditioning 4
HART 1445 Gas and Electric Heating 4
HART 1356 EPA Recovery Certification Preparation 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

11

Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HART 2436 Air Conditioning Troubleshooting 4
HART 2345 Residential Air Conditioning Systems Design 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

7

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HART 2431 Advanced Electricity for HVAC 4
HART2 2334 Advanced Air Conditioning Controls OR 3
HART2 2341 Commercial Air Conditioning  
HART 1491 Special Topics in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

11

Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HART 2449 Heat Pumps 4
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

13

Third Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
HART 2442 Commercial Refrigeration OR 4
HART 2443 Industrial Air Conditioning  

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

4

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for AAS Degree:

60

  1. Choose from the AAS core
  2. 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.