Chemistry at Krea

The Krea Chemistry course has the required coverage by global and Indian standards of Chemistry education, which will prepare the students for many different career options. However, we have experimented with the order of introducing the concepts, which is a significant departure from existing pedagogy, and is different from the order in which the ideas were developed historically. We have brought quantum mechanics in the beginning of the course and have introduced statistical mechanics before the thermodynamics. The first innovation is to address the common refrain of the students that they do not enjoy inorganic chemistry and the periodic table, while the second innovation is aimed to give an intuitive approach to entropy as a way of counting rather than the abstract and formal way through the heat engines. The third innovative aspect is the aspect of interweaving biology within the Chemistry course. These innovations have been noted and complimented by the external experts. The guiding principles of Krea university pedagogy, e.g., being writing intensive, research-based, and interdisciplinary, are woven into the individual courses.

The Approach

The learning-outcome based curriculum framework has been designed incorporating the Krea ethos to impart knowledge about Chemistry to Krea undergraduates. The syllabus balances the demands of the interwoven nature of Krea pedagogy and the requirements of a Chemistry major according to Indian and global chemistry curricula. The syllabus represents the requirement for a comprehensive major that ensures that students who graduate from Krea with an undergraduate Chemistry degree can go on to a wide variety of higher learning/career paths.

Programme Details

Major: 

To earn a major in the Chemistry, a student must complete a total of thirteen courses (4 credits) and earn 60 credits, out of which: 

  1. Ten are required courses. (40 credits)
  2. Three are electives. (12 credits)
  3. Capstone thesis (8 credits)

Minor:

To earn a minor in Chemistry, a student must complete seven courses, earning a total of 28 credits, out of which:

  1. Five are required courses (mentioned below). 

Atoms, molecules & elements, Chemistry across the Periodic Table, Carbon-based Molecules, Matter, heat, work & energy, and Making carbon-based molecules

2. Two are electives, and can be chosen in consultation with the instructors.  

Concentration:

To earn a concentration in Chemistry, a student must complete four courses, earning a total of 16 credits, out of which:

  1. Three are required courses (mentioned below). 

Atoms, molecules & elements, Chemistry across the Periodic Table, Carbon-based Molecules

2. One elective, chosen in consultation with the instructors.

Required Courses Sample Electives
  1. Atoms, molecules & elements:
    [General Chemistry & Lab]
  2. Mathematics for Physical Sciences
    Description:
  3. General Physics (cross-listed with
    Physics)
  4. Computational Methods) & electronics
  5. Molecules of life: [Biochemistry &
    Chemical Biology]
  6. Chemistry across the Periodic Table:
  7. Carbon-based Molecules
  8. Matter, heat, work & energy
  9. Making carbon-based molecules:
  10. Waves, particles & configurations:
  1. Chemistry and Physics of Life:
  2. Molecular basis of life
  3. Spectroscopy and spectrometry:
  4. Proteins: Structure, function,
    dynamics & folding of proteins 
  5. BioNMR:
  6. Environmental Chemistry
  7. Advanced Organic Synthesis
  8. Advanced Inorganic Synthesis
  9. Chemical Physics 
  10. Materials Chemistry
  11. Polymer Chemistry
  12. Synthetic Biology

Kalyan S Chakrabarti

Assistant Professor of Biological Science and Chemistry

Kalyan S Chakrabarti

Assistant Professor of Biological Science and Chemistry

PhD, Indian Institute of Science

K. S. Viswanathan

Visiting Professor of Chemistry

K. S. Viswanathan

Visiting Professor of Chemistry

PhD, Vanderbilt University

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.