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OER and Zero Textbook Cost Courses at PCC

List of classes and instructors that utilize open educational resources (OER) or other materials so that students are not required to purchase a textbook.

Course Materials

Instructors have many options when it comes to choosing their course materials. Some may choose to use open educational resources (OER), which are freely accessible, openly licensed texts, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and research. In addition to, or instead of OER, instructors might use a variety of materials in their courses, including materials that they have authored, that are available via library resources, etc. In any case, the courses listed here are those that do not require students to purchase a traditional print textbook. 

*Please note that some courses may require additional lab fees.


This list includes all (upcoming and previous semesters) courses that have reported using OER and/or other zero cost course materials. Always check the current course listing as this page may not be completely accurate, especially if you are registering for classes. 

ACA 090 Student Success Strategies

  • Instructors: R. Bush, P. Simonowich, V. Pippen
  • Text: assorted materials provided by the department

ACA 122 College Transfer Success

ART 117 Non-Western Art History

  • Instructor: M. Amante
  • Text: materials provided by the instructor

BIO 110 Principles of Biology

COM 110 Introduction to Communication

COM 231 Public Speaking

CTS 288 Professional Practices in IT

EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All

ENG 241 and 242 British Literature I and II

  • Instructor: M. Hasty
  • Text: assorted materials provided by the department

FRE 111 and 112 Elementary French I and II

GRD Graphic Design 121, 131, 141, 142, 151, 152, 153, 156, 157, 188, 240, 241, 265, 271, 272, 280, 288

  • Instructor: E. Nicholl
  • Text: materials provided by the instructor

HIS 111 World Civilizations I

HIS 112 World Civilizations II

HIS 131 and 132 American History I and II

HSC 110 Orientation to Health Careers

  • Instructors: D. Parker, D. King, L. Lassiter, T. Purkett, N. Jesmer
  • Text: assorted materials provided by the department

LEX 170 Administrative Law

  • Instructor: C. Young
  • Texts: User-facing agency information published by State and Federal agencies, instructor-authored materials, and publicly accessible databases.

LEX 280 Ethics and Professional Responsibility

  • Instructor: C. Young
  • Texts: Official rules, comments, and opinions published by the North Carolina State Bar and other law-related agencies as well as instructor-authored materials. 

POL 120 American Government

PSY 150 General Psychology

  • Instructors: B. Cathey, J. Addison, J. Cahoon, L. Civils, L. Gaither, M. Sweigart, S. Oates, P. Adams
  • Text: Psychology (OpenStax)

PSY 241 Developmental Psychology

PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology

SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 220 Social Problems

SOC 225 Social Diversity

  • Instructor: A. Howard

This information was provided by the PCC Student Store at the request of PCC Library. If you see anything that needs to be corrected, please contact Angela Davis, PCC Library, at Thank you!