At Krea, we supplement the imparting of foundational chemical principles with extensive research, the communication of sophisticated ideas, and the development of chemical intuitions using computation and virtual reality.
Students at Krea will learn to appreciate the intellectual beauty of chemistry, even as it serves as a stepping stone for future excursions into other disciplines. They will also develop an appreciation for the deep and often fractious relationship of chemistry with society through the ages. To tackle the biggest challenges faced by society in the 21st century such as carbon emission, feeding a growing population, sustainability, and developing new medicines, with attention to historical trajectories, contingencies, and ethical considerations, we require an interdisciplinary approach with critical contributions from chemistry. Krea’s chemistry department combines personalised instruction and mentoring of a small learning cohort with the expertise of a research university, preparing students to generate ideas for tomorrow and take them to the broader community.
The chemistry program is designed to be flexible so that the students can emphasise their areas of interest. The program will require that the students attend courses in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical biology and biochemistry. Many of the courses will require accompanying laboratory courses. The chemistry students will pursue a research project (individually or in teams) in one of the research groups in the division towards their capstone thesis. The capstone thesis will explore the boundaries of chemistry and various interfaces with other disciplines by research, laboratory experience, intensive writing and research seminars. In addition, advanced undergraduates may choose to carry out an individual research project in one of the research groups in the division in the fourth year. These projects may result in publications. The chemistry minor curriculum offers students the critical modules of knowledge of chemistry needed for their chosen major.
The Krea Chemistry graduate will be prepared for careers in basic research, applied research and development, biotechnology, chemical analysis, manufacturing, and marketing, while the discipline serves as a strong background for careers in law, medicine, business, environmental science, government policy, consultancy and other areas of science.