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