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Pre-Med — Biology (BS)

Build a strong foundation for med school with this biblically integrated study of biology.

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Why a Pre-Med — Biology (BS) Degree?

This degree prepares students to apply to medical school. An in-depth study of this life science is an essential first step toward a career in medicine. By observing the natural world through a rigorous curriculum, students will master the critical thinking and researching skills needed to navigate the world’s complexities as they relate to the medical field.

Pre-Med — Biology (BS) at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Study science through an integrated biblical worldview that strengthens your faith in God.

Lab training

Gain hands-on experiences through extensive lab training.

Graduate School Preparation

Develop research skills needed to pursue graduate school.

Experienced Faculty

Interact with professors invested in you and your pursuits.

Academic Opportunity

Complete courses needed to apply for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Biomedical Sciences (MS), or MS in Forensic Medicine programs at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (up to three Cairn students will be accepted in each program per year!)

Dive Right In

Explore the technical aspects of the field such as organic chemistry and statistics.

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Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a personal academic interest.

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Required Credits: 131

Curriculum Highlights:

    • CHE 201 General Chemistry
    • CHE 311 Organic Chemistry Lab
    • BIO 321 Genetics Lab
    • BIO 421 Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
    • BIO 451 Bioethics

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Aneesh Khushman

Aneesh Kushman

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Aneesh Khushman is the son of Indian immigrants whose Christian faith heritage can be traced back to his paternal grandparents who served as a cook and nanny to American missionaries.

Heeding God’s calling to the mission field, Aneesh served as a medical missionary in rural central India, ministering in the same hospital where his grandparents worked as servants. Treating the underserved and unsaved, Aneesh witnessed the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to those suffering from the stigma of leprosy and infant/maternal mortality in the face of local Christian persecution.

Prior to joining the faculty of Cairn University in 2019, Aneesh was Professor of Health Sciences and Biology Coordinator at Manor College in Jenkintown for six years where he developed a broad-ranging experience in assessment, accreditation, and administration. He was also an adjunct instructor of anatomy and physiology at Bucks County Community College, Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, and Salus University in Elkins Park. At Cairn, Aneesh has developed multiple courses and facilities for the Biology program. Examining science through the lens of faith, he inspires students to seek their calling into health missions, as well as to biblically integrate all aspects of the discipline of science. 

Aneesh is married to his wife, Tripti. He serves as an elder at Leverington Church in Philadelphia. He enjoys vegetable gardening (as well as being a foodie), traveling, and the sport of cricket. A dual US/Indian citizen, Aneesh regularly returns to his family farm in central India and participates in short-term medical missions there.

Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

After receiving a Bachelors of Science (Honours) from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, Dr. Bell went on to receive his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on organic and polymer chemistry. While he has never been on a formal mission trip, Stephen’s testimony is such that his entire work life has been one where he follows the Lord’s guidance for where he should be next, being blessed with success at each stop. His work has included leading oilfield chemical research groups in Texas and New Jersey, being a CEO to a chemical company in Pennsylvania, and then being “forced” to accept an incredible opportunity to do the Lord’s work as a high school teacher on the island of Maui in Hawaii (some unexpected mission trips are harder than others). In 2020, he landed back in Pennsylvania focusing on adjunct work at Montgomery County Community College and teaching chemistry at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy before coming to Cairn. Outside of teaching Stephen loves all things comedy, running, soccer, and is currently attending Cresheim Valley Church in Chestnut Hill.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Being a pre-med major in a small classroom allows you to really connect and interact with your professors. Through the study of science, you are able to see a glimpse of God’s intelligence and creativity.”

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