CHM 201 - Intro to Organic Chemistry

Course Description

An introduction to organic chemistry. Topics include the classes of organic compounds, reactions, synthesis, and mechanisms. Includes laboratory. NOTE: This course is a one semester course and is not appropriate for all majors. Please check with an advisor prior to registration. Group 1 lab course.

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Required Prerequisites

CHM 101 or CHM 150 and MTH 111, all with a grade of 2.0 or better.


CHM 201L

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

ENG 111

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Quantitative Reasoning

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to articulate a broad set of chemical knowledge concerning the fundamentals in organic chemistry.
  • Explain electron delocalization and its effect on stability and reactivity.
  • Interpret patterns of reactivity on the basis of mechanistic reasoning.
  • Design syntheses of organic molecules of moderate complexity.
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals acid/base and electrophile/nucleophile reactions in organic chemistry.
  • Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.
  • Perform the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results.
  • Critique the synthesis, labeling, and production of organic chemicals.
  • Connect to real world examples of organic chemistry in action.
  • Evaluate the consequences (reactivity, properties) of the three-dimensionality of molecules.
  • Summarize the concepts and results of their laboratory experiments through effective writing and oral communication skills.
Human Dimension:
  • Develop interpersonal skills by working in groups: through joint assignments, study groups, and most importantly in collaboration during laboratory experiments.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Recognize the connections between organic chemistry and real life applications.
  • Better appreciate the concepts of this course and how they related to the real world.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Think intuitively about organic chemistry reactions.
  • Organize, summarize, and synthesize complicated conceptual ideas.
  • Initiate new problem solving skills and strategies"