Important general information

Students interested in the pre-medicine advising track must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the necessary prerequisites for medical school. Students interested in medical school should consult with a pre-health academic adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of medicine to which they hope to apply.

Admission to and completion of a pre-medical program or advising track does not constitute admission to VCU’s School of Medicine. Students must apply separately to the medical school of their choice at the appropriate time.

Students with an interest in preparing for medical school should declare an academic major while also indicating a pre-medical advising track. Students do not earn a pre-medical degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-medical students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them.

Prerequisites for medical school

The American Association of Medical Colleges recommends students gain a core set of competencies in preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test. The MCAT is taken prior to students applying to medical school and results are weighed heavily in admissions decisions. Students preparing for the MCAT are strongly advised to take courses to build competency in these areas prior to taking the MCAT exam.

Science and non-science courses required for medical school

General biology, cell biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and physics are required science prerequisites for admission to Medical School.

Other science courses, including genetics, physiology and microbiology, though not required, are strongly recommended for pre-medical students.

Introductory psychology, sociology and statistics are non-science prerequisites required for medical school.

Additional requirements for VCU School of Medicine

In addition to the prerequisites listed above, VCU School of Medicine requires pre-medical students to take two semesters of English composition and two semesters of mathematics (general statistics can count as one semester).

Prerequisites for medical school

VCU courses
BIOL   151
BIOZ   151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
4
BIOL   152
BIOZ   152
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
4
BIOL   300Cellular and Molecular Biology3
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM   102
CHEZ   102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM   301
CHEZ   301
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM   302
CHEZ   302
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
5
CHEM   403Biochemistry I3
MATH   151Precalculus Mathematics4
PHYS   201General Physics 14-5
or PHYS   207 University Physics I
PHYS   202General Physics 14-5
or PHYS   208 University Physics II
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology4
SOCY   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to SociologyIntroduction to Sociology3
STAT   210Basic Practice of Statistics3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
Total Hours60-62
1

MATH   200 is a prerequisite for PHYS   207.

2

MATH   201 is a prerequisite for PHYS   208.

Sample curriculum outline

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
BIOL   151
BIOZ   151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
4
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH   151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
BIOL   152
BIOZ   152
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
4
CHEM   102
CHEZ   102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
SOCY   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology 3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
 Term Hours: 14
Sophomore year
Fall semester
BIOL   300 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM   301
CHEZ   301
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology 4
STAT   210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
CHEM   302
CHEZ   302
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
5
Electives or major requirements 11
 Term Hours: 16
Junior year
Fall semester
CHEM   403 Biochemistry I 3
PHYS   201
General Physics
or University Physics I
4-5
Electives or major requirements 8
 Term Hours: 15-16
Spring semester
PHYS   202
General Physics
or University Physics II
4-5
Electives or major requirements 11
 Term Hours: 15-16
Senior year
Fall semester
Credits to complete degree program 30
 Term Hours: 30
 Total Hours: 120-122

Total minimum requirement 120 credits