This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2023-2024 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with a concentration in pre-medical requires a minimum of 120 credits. The curriculum prepares students for a health sciences career using physics-based technologies. Students from this program who apply to medical school will have a distinctively rigorous preparation. The curriculum also prepares students for graduate medical physics, biomedical engineering and M.D.-Ph.D. programs.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know how to do the following:

Physics core outcomes

  • Perform scientific reasoning and complex problem-solving
    Physics majors will receive a fundamental understanding of the main areas of physics so that they are prepared for jobs that use physics-based technologies. They are expected to have mastered the analytical approach to solving technical problems by identifying simple subsystems that obey known physical laws and using these laws to approximate the behavior of the whole system.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the main areas of physics
  • Demonstrate communication skills, both written and oral, needed to explain the analysis of technical problems
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy skills including searching, reading and critically reviewing scientific publications
  • Demonstrate proficiency in information processing by generating and interpreting data presented in tables, graphs, drawings and models

Pre-medical concentration-specific outcome

  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the application of physics concepts, theories and methods to medicine or health care

Double major in engineering and physics

A detailed description of this program can be found in the “College of Engineering” section of this bulletin.