Course Description




Chemistry is the study of matter at the atomic and molecular level. It involves both physics and biology, and its aim is to understand and explain the processes that emerge from the physical structure of the world and give rise to syntheses, structures, reaction mechanisms, properties, and transformations of all kinds of materials that we interact with in the microscopic and macroscopic world.

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of chemistry and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Mathematics for Chemistry


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Nanoscale Materials
  • Polymer Science
  • Protein Structure
  • Catalysis
  • Analytical Chemistry

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