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General Studies Z-Degree

What’s a Z-degree?

A Z-degree is a commitment by Montgomery College to offer sections of courses needed to complete your degree without required textbook purchases.

What’s a Z-course?

A Z-course is a section of a course where there is no required purchase of a textbook; in z-courses, instructors provide textbook instructional materials electronically.

For General Studies students, Montgomery College is offering z-course options for General Education requirements, and, z-course options to complete transfer to UMBC and UMCP in English and UMBC in psychology.

General Studies Z-course Options- Available Fall 2017

ARTT 200 - Art History: Ancient to 1400 ENGL 190 - Introduction to Literature
BIOL 101 -General Biology HIST 201 - History of US 1865 - present
BIOL 150 - Principles of Biology I PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
CHEM 131 - Principles of Chemistry I POLI 101 - American Government
COMM 108 - Introduction to Human Communication PSYC 102 - General Psychology
ECON 201 - Principles of Econ I PSYC 215 - Child Psychology
ECON 202 - Principles of Econ II SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
ENGL 101 - Intro to College Writing SOCY 100 - Intro to Sociology
ENGL 102 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Research  

Additional courses coming in Spring 2018 including: ENGL 201, ENGL 233, ENGL 226, HLTH 150, PSYC 202, PSYC 221, SPAN 102 and SPAN 201.

For Fall 2017, some sections have been reserved for newly enrolled General Studies students. See here for sections reserved for incoming General Studies Students. For questions, please contact

MC Open Case Study - General Studies OER Degree Provides a Foundation

Interested in English or Psychology - See our Z-Options

General Studies - English Transfer Z-Option for UMBC or UMCP

General Studies - Psychology Transfer Z-Option for UMBC

General Studies Z-degree/OER Grant Reserved Sections

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