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Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

The Organic Chemistry courses and the associated laboratories introduce the student to the foundations of carbon chemistry.

Student Learning Outcomes

Specifically, the Learning Outcomes are:

  1. To make the students knowledgeable about the fundamentals of carbon chemistry,
  2. To understand the consequences (reactivity, properties) of the three-dimensionality of molecules,
  3. To be able to interpret patterns of reactivity on the basis of mechanistic reasoning,
  4. To be able to design syntheses of organic molecules of moderate complexity
  5. To be able to deduce molecular structures from spectroscopic data.

CHEM 272 Organic Chemistry I (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: CHEM 162.

Description: Molecular structure, nomenclature, stereochemistry, reactions and mechanisms, synthesis of organic compounds. (Three lecture hours/week) Spring and Fall. DP Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 272L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: CHEM 162L, 171L or 181L and CHEM 272 (or concurrent)

Description: Molecular structure, nomenclature, stereochemistry, reactions and mechanisms, synthesis of organic compounds. (one 5-hour lab session/week) Spring and Fall. DY Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 273 Organic Chemistry II (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: CHEM 272.

Description:(Continuation of CHEM 272) Molecular structure, nomenclature, stereochemistry, reactions and mechanisms, synthesis of organic compounds. (Three lecture hours/week) Spring and Fall. DP Download Syllabus PDF

CHEM 273L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: CHEM 272L and 273 (or concurrent)

Description: Techniques, synthesis, qualitative organic analysis and applications of spectroscopy. (One 4-hour lab session/week) Spring and Fall. DY Download Lab Syllabus and Schedule

CHEM 372 Bioorganic Chemistry (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: CHEM 273 or graduate standing or permission of instructor

Description: Chemical structure and organic chemistry encountered in biological systems. This course will briefly discuss protein structure, general features of enzymes, and general catalytic mechanisms. We will then examine the biosynthesis and chemical transformations of the major groups of biomolecules: lipids, sugars, amino acids, nucleotides, and a few more complex natural products. The course will conclude with a survey of modern biophysical methods used to study enzymes. Download Syllabus PDF