Students interested in the pre-medicine advising track must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the necessary prerequisites for medical school. All prerequisites should be completed or on track to be complete prior to medical school matriculation. Best results occur when all prerequisite courses have been taken and grades are available at the time of application. Students interested in medical school should consult with a pre-professional health adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of medicine to which they hope to apply.
Declaration of a pre-medical advising track at VCU does not constitute admission to the VCU 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 must declare an academic major and should declare and maintain their 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 primary/major academic adviser. Pre-medical students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them.
Physicians may earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) to practice allopathic medicine or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) to practice osteopathic medicine. Both types of physicians must select a speciality in which they will practice patient care such as pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, or surgery. Additional career opportunities for physicians include research, teaching, healthcare administration, public health, or advocacy, to name a few.
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|SDV 100 (or SDV 101)||College Success Skills||UNIV 101||1||Elective|
|ENG 111||College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.||UNIV 111-112||3||General education (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|ITE 115 - Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts OR ITE 119 - Information Literacy OR ___ ___ - General Education Elective||VCU equivalent||3||Elective|
|Physical/Life Science||BIO 101 General Biology I||BIOL/Z 151||4||General education (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|MTH 263||Calculus I||MATH 200||4||General education (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|ENG 112||College Composition II||UNIV 200||3||General education (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|MTH 245||Statistics I||STAT 210||3||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Physical/Life Science||BIO 102 General Biology II||BIOL/Z 152||4||General education (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Social/Behavioral Science||PSY 200 Principles of Psychology||PSYC 101||3||General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)|
|History elective||Select 1: HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I OR HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II OR HIS 111 History of World Civilization I OR HIS 112 History of World Civilization II OR HIS 121 United States History I OR HIS 122 United States History II||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||PHI 220 Ethics||PHIL 201||3||General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)|
|Physical/Life Science||CHM 111 General Chemistry I||CHEM/Z 101||4||General education (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Physical/Life Science||PHY 201 General College Physics I or PHY 231 University Physics I||PHYS 201 or PHYS 207||4||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Social/Behavioral Science||SOC 200 Principles of Sociology||SOCY 101||3||General education (Pre-medicine recommendation)|
|CST||Select 1: CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking OR CST 110 Introduction to Communication OR CST 126 Interpersonal Communication||SPCH||3||Elective|
|General education elective||Select any approved general education elective||VCU equivalent||3||Elective|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||Select 1: ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I OR ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II OR MUS 121 Music Appreciation I OR PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I OR REL 231 Religions of the World I||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|Physical/Life Science||CHM 112 General Chemistry II||CHEM/Z 102||4||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Physical/Life Science||PHY 202 General College Physics II or PHY 232 University Physics II||PHYS 202 or PHYS 208||4||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU||62|
|The courses listed below are required or recommended for pre-medicine students. Students must also select a VCU major and complete the major requirements. The minimum number of credits required for a bachelor's degree at VCU is 120 credits.|
|CHEM/Z 301||Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory||5||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|CHEM/Z 302 or CHEM 403||Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or CHEM 403 Biochemistry I||3 to 5||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Upper level BIOL elective||Select from: BIOL 300 Cellular or Molecular Biology or BIOL 303 Microbiology||3||Elective (Pre-medicine requirement)|
|Upper-level BIOL or CHEM elective||Select from: CHEM/Z 302 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or CHEM 403 Biochemistry I or BIOL/Z 310 Genetics and Laboratory||3 to 5||Elective (Pre-medicine recommendation)|
|Courses required for VCU major and electives||40||Major|
|Minimum number of credits completed at VCU||58|
|Minimum number of credits required for a bachelor's degree||120|