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What’s A Z-Course?

Today’s blog will be very beneficial to students who like to save money. Montgomery College offers Z-courses each semester. Z-courses are classes that do not require students to purchase a textbook. The textbook will be provided for free online. 


My experience with Z-courses has been wonderful. Not having to spend money on textbooks is considered a win.

For example, I’m a business major and I have to take a psychology course to fulfill one of my general education requirements. Normally, I’d purchase textbooks for my business class, then purchase textbooks for my gen Ed’s. But because of Z-courses, I no longer have to make that decision.

Many students have a story of how a Z-course has helped them. Currently, I’m taking MUSC-110 and this is the first semester it’s being offered as a Z-course. Could you say perfect timing?

Unfortunately, Z-courses are not offered for every class. There are some classes where the book will be necessary or the work must be done online with a site like Wileyplus, MathxL, MyeconLab, etc. But, (a very strong but) Montgomery College is working to offer as many Z-courses as possible. You can find Z-sections of many courses on campus, online, or blended, just like all MC courses.



MC also offers a Z-degree. I know, what’s a Z-degree? Well if Z-courses are classes offered without the need of purchasing a textbook, then a Z-degree is a commitment by Montgomery College to offer sections of courses needed to complete your degree without any required textbook purchases.

Montgomery College offers a General Studies Z-degree. The mission behind the General Studies Program is to provide a flexible degree path that promotes structured, intentionally sequenced decision-making and encourages self-exploration and discovery.


The Z-course can be very beneficial to you in one way or another. And the Z-degree can be beneficial to those who are seeking a General Studies degree.

Visit the website for more information.

~Till Next Time

Bob Okroajuzie

Hello, I am Bob Ndubuisi Okoroajuzie. Honestly speaking, Christ is the center of my life or at least I try to make him the center. If it doesn’t relate to Christ, it doesn’t relate to me. I became more fond of him through the reading of his word, the same way you’ll become more fond of me through my blogs. Some are surprised when I tell them things like this, or even comment saying, “Oh you’re one of those”. I sometimes laugh because this is my mindset, but I still have a good time. I know when to be serious and when to relax, so the key component in my life is balance. Loving, honesty, and amusing make up Bob. 

I am currently majoring in Business at Montgomery College. My end goal is to graduate from UMD College Park Business school and attend law school (corporate law). I'm passionate about mentoring students and being mentored. Being mentored at a young age has truly helped shape me as a young man. Truly, being a student blogger is an honor. Sharing my experience at MC and providing information will benefit current and future students at Montgomery College. 

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This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. I believe I took a course once that was both. However, I think most had to buy the homework part or something. Thanks for educating us….me….on what a Z course is. I know college books are expensive and a big business. I wonder how book companies are recouping these costs? Does the college have to pay for a license or something?

  2. Having a Z course is nice especially since college itself is already expensive! But I definitely never heard of a Z-degree !! That’s pretty cool!

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