Automated Building Controls Associate in Science Degree


The Automated Building Controls Associate in Science Degree Controls provides students with a career path for attaining the communication skills, practical knowledge, and technical training necessary for pursuing a career in controls and energy management.This training also prepares students to install, service, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot building automation systems (BAS) in commercial buildings, controlling Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems, energy management systems, as well as lighting, life safety, and security systems. Students who complete this program can significantly impact building operation and energy consumption. To earn an Associate Degree students must complete: (1) all major course requirements 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) the social justice, equity and sustainability and reading requirements; (4) any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units; and, (5) have a minimum GPA of 2.0. At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. This degree requires a total of 41 units in the major, in addition to general graduation requirements.

Required courses are listed in a suggested sequence: (41 units)
AC/R 100 C Principles of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer3
AC/R 220 C Introduction to Air Conditioning Controls (formerly A/C Controls and Energy Management)2
AC/R 272 C Fundamentals of Direct Current Electricity3
AC/R 273 C Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware and Software2
AC/R 105 C Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I3
AC/R 137 C Blueprints and Dimension Analysis (formerly AC/R 037 C)2
AC/R 276 CAutomation Hardware2
AC/R 277 CControl Logic Programming3
AC/R 215 C Codes and Commissioning (formerly Estimating for HVAC)3
AC/R 106 C Electricity for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II3
AC/R 275 CSystem Networking3
AC/R 274 C Instrumentation for Hydronic and Air Distribution2
AC/R 205 CCommercial Air Conditioning3
AC/R 278 C Building Performance and Energy Auditing3
AC/R 279 C Building Automation Control Systems2
AC/R 280 CAutomation Capstone Project2
Total Units41