Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Woodbridge

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for jobs in the air conditioning and refrigeration field. The second year provides students with skills that lead to leadership positions in the HVACR industry. Occupational objectives include industry licensing, advanced critical thinking skills, and state tradesman licenses in HVACR. Occupational objective includes preparing graduates with the knowledge and skills to become industry certified technicians, as well as meeting the educational requirements to be licensed as a HVACR Tradesman in Virginia.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program head.

Special Accreditation Status: The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Associate of Applied Science is accredited by HVAC Excellence (Benchmark of Academic Excellence). The date of the last review was 2010.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
AIR 111 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Controls I 3
AIR 121 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I 4
Choose One
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ENG 115 Technical Writing
1 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Choose One
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I 4
MTH 111 Basic Technical Mathematics
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 17-18
2nd Semester
AIR 122 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II 4
AIR 134 Circuits and Controls I 3
AIR 154 Heating Systems I 4
AIR 257 Gas-Fired Warm Air Furnaces 4
AIR 276 Refrigerant Usage EPA Certification 1
Total 16
3rd Semester
AIR 205 Hydronics and Zoning 4
AIR 213 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Controls III 4
AIR 251 Air Conditioning Systems I 4
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
2 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 18
4th Semester
AIR 207 Heat Loads and Psychrometrics 4
AIR 235 Heat Pumps 4
AIR 238 Advanced Troubleshooting and Service 4
AIR 252 Air Conditioning Systems II 4
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67-68
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Controls I
AIR
111
3
AIR
121
4
Choose One
ENG
111
3
ENG
115
1
3
Choose One
PHY
101
4
MTH
111
SDV
100
1
Total 17-18
2nd Semester
AIR
122
4
Circuits and Controls I
AIR
134
3
AIR
154
4
AIR
257
4
Refrigerant Usage EPA Certification
AIR
276
1
Total 16
3rd Semester
AIR
205
4
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Controls III
AIR
213
4
AIR
251
4
CST
110
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
2
3
Total 18
4th Semester
Heat Loads and Psychrometrics
AIR
207
4
AIR
235
4
AIR
238
4
AIR
252
4
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 67-68

1 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

2 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

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