Z Courses and Z Degree

Zero Textbook Cost Degree

What's a Z Degree?

MCC's Z Degrees are full degree paths that are 100% online and have zero textbook cost for all courses. Any time you see the term Z Course or Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree, you can be assured that the courses were developed with the highest standards and include multimedia, engaged faculty and perfectly selected content.

We currently offer several Z Degrees for you to choose from. Our latest Z Degree is an Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Communication, which you can complete without purchasing a single expensive textbook eliminating nearly $2,000 in educational expenses.

Z Degree Type
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Anthropology AA
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Communication AA
Arizona General Education Curriculum - A AGEC-A
Arizona General Education Curriculum - B AGEC-B

We are currently developing additional Z Degrees for the future, so keep an eye on this space.

What are Z Courses?

Z CoursesZ Courses [Zero-Textbook-Cost courses] use openly-licensed content, library materials, and content developed by your expert instructor so that YOU don’t have to purchase expensive textbooks or online materials. These courses are all available 100% online.

We have a variety of courses offered with the Zero-Textbook-Cost option.

View Z Classes available this semester.

Z Course Benefits

Cost Savings

An associates degree at Mesa Community College (MCC) is always a great value. BUT, did you know that you could save even more money by enrolling in Z Courses? Over an entire Associates Degree program, you could save up to $8,332 dollars.

Z Degree Cost Traditional Degree Cost
Tuition - $5,100
Course Fees - $200
Textbooks - $0
Commuting - $0
Tuition - $5,100
Course Fees - $200
Textbooks - $2,500
Commuting - $5,832
Total - $5,300 Total - $13,632

Total Savings of 62%!

100% Online 100% Flexible

We built this program just for YOU! MCC's students want flexibility and less distraction while pursuing their degree. Our Z Courses are all offered 100% online! Although our online courses do have required weekly due dates, you decide when you work on the class each week.

Quicker Completion

With our 8-week online classes, you can take a more focused semester and complete in 18 months without taking breaks! All of our Z Courses were developed using quality standards and carefully selected content which supports successful completion of courses.

Computer & Internet Access Required

Because Z Courses use electronic materials rather than printed textbooks, you will need regular and reliable Internet access in order to complete course work. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor for the course you're considering.

Z Courses

Z Course Catalog
ARH101: Prehistoric Through Gothic Art
ASB222: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World
ASB223: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World
ASM104: Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution
BIO100: Biology Concepts
CIS105: Survey of Computer Information Systems
COM100: Introduction to Human Communication
COM110: Interpersonal Communication
COM225: Public Speaking
COM230: Small Group Communication
COM263: Elements of Intercultural Communication
CRE101: College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking
ECN211: Macroeconomic Principles
ENG101: First-Year Composition
ENG102: First-Year Composition
ENG107: First-Year Composition for ESL
ENG108: First-Year Composition for ESL
GIS205: Geographic Information Technologies
GPH113: Introduction to Physical Geography
IFS201: Information in a Post-Truth World
MAT081: Basic Arithmetic
MAT141: College Mathematics
MAT151: College Algebra/Functions
MAT206: Elements of Statistics
MGT251: Human Relations in Business
POS110: American National Government
RDG100: Successful College Reading
SOC101: Introduction to Sociology