Associate in Science Degree Air Conditioning and Refrigeration


This program 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 (41.5-42 units):
AC/R 100 C Principles of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer3
AC/R 110 CAir Conditioning I3
AC/R 120 C Piping Practice, Tools & Safety2
AC/R 137 C Blueprints and Dimension Analysis (formerly AC/R 037 C)2
AC/R 105 C Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I3
AC/R 115 CGas Heat Transfer Systems3
AC/R 036 C Refrigerants, Charging and Recovery1
AC/R 055 CTechnician Customer Relations2
AC/R 106 C Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II3
AC/R 145 C Load Calculation for Heat and Cool2
AC/R 210 CCommercial Refrigeration3
AC/R 220 C A/C Controls and Energy Management2
AC/R 230 CHeat Pumps2
AC/R 205 CCommercial Air Conditioning3
AC/R 215 CCodes & Estimating for HVACR3
AC/R 235 CAir Conditioning Capstone2
AC/R 035 CBuilding Commissioning2
AC/R 050 CHVAC-R Special Projects0.5-1
Total Units41.5-42