Brody School of Medicine

ECU Brody School of Medicine Bulletin


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants who seek admission to the Brody School of Medicine. Information about this test, which is administered several times a year, may be obtained via the Internet at Applicants should take this test no later than the fall of the year prior to their desired matriculation date in medical school and have the results sent to the Admissions Office of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. (For additional information, see Application Procedure.)

While most successful applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree before enrollment, each applicant must have the equivalent of at least three years of acceptable work at an accredited college or university prior to matriculation in medical school. No specific undergraduate major is required, but every applicant must have completed one year of each of the following courses (preferably prior to taking the MCAT and definitely prior to admission):

  • General biology or zoology with laboratory (a botany course alone is not satisfactory)
  • General chemistry with laboratory (which must include both qualitative and quantitative analysis)
  • Organic chemistry with laboratory
  • Physics with laboratory
  • English (or writing-intensive courses)

While not required, courses in genetics, biostatistics, social science, humanities, and English are strongly recommended. Applicants are urged not to enroll in undergraduate or graduate courses likely to be repeated in the medical curriculum.


As of the 2020-2021 application cycle (for the entering class of 2021), the course requirements will be as follows:

  • One year of General Biology or Zoology with laboratory (Botany alone is not sufficient to meet this requirement)
  • One year of General Chemistry with laboratory (which must include both qualitative and quantitative analysis)
  • One year of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
  • One year of Physics with laboratory
  • One year of English (or writing intensive courses)
  • One semester of social sciences/humanities
  • One semester of biochemistry, and
  • One semester of statistics/biostatistics

While not required, a course in genetics and an additional year of English are strongly recommended.