Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Associate in Science Degree

Division: Career Technical Education


The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Associate in Science Degree is designed as the bridge between Engineering and Service Technology. It will provide students with technical skills to support engineering applications. Graduates of the program will be at the leading edge of the application of new engineering solutions to production in industry.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all 38.5–39 units of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration course requirements for the Certificate in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with a grade of C or better;
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements,
  3. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (40 units):
AC/R 100 C Principles of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer3
AC/R 110 CAir Conditioning I2
AC/R 120 C Piping Practice, Tools and Safety3
AC/R 137 C Blueprints and Dimension Analysis (formerly AC/R 037 C)2
AC/R 036 C Refrigeration Certification Training (formerly titled Refrigerants, Charging and Recovery)1
AC/R 055 CTechnician Customer Relations1
AC/R 105 C Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I3
AC/R 115 CGas Heat Transfer Systems3
AC/R 135 C Sustainability Design and Application (formerly Solar Energy for Heat and Cool)2
AC/R 106 C Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II3
AC/R 210 CCommercial Refrigeration3
AC/R 220 C Introduction to Air Conditioning Controls (formerly A/C Controls and Energy Management)2
AC/R 230 CHeat Pumps2
AC/R 205 CCommercial Air Conditioning3
AC/R 215 C Codes and Commissioning (formerly Estimating for HVAC)3
AC/R 245 C Load Calculations for Heating and Cooling (formerly AC/R 145 C)2
AC/R 235 CAir Conditioning Capstone2
Total Units40