Organic Chemistry I

Course Description

Organic Chemistry I is the study of the nomenclature, structure, and reactivity of the major classes of organic compounds.  Particular emphasis is placed on the use of resonance theory to predict compound stability and reactivity,  the acid/base behavior of organic compounds, the stereochemical representation and designation of organic molecules and the understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics associated with organic reactions.  Students are required to attend lecture and lab sessions each week.  4 credits; Prerequisites: General Chemistry I & II

Organic chemistry I is a very fast-paced and content intensive course.  It is the course that teaches you the "language" of organic compounds and thus the language of drugs.  The first part of the course focuses on "facts", that is,  definitions such as hybridization, covalent and ionic bonding and nomenclature (the "names" of  organic compounds) followed by the application of these facts to simple organic reactions.   The usefulness of organic chemistry to the pharmacist and pharmaceutical scientist is in its applicability to biological systems, i.e.,  how endogenous organic molecules interact in the body (i.e., biochemistry) and how drugs interact with receptor sites in the body (i.e., medicinal chemistry / pharmacology).  Therefore, the latter part of the course will focus on developing  the ability to analyze and critically evaluate organic chemistry concepts and applying this information to relevant biological systems. See the course objectives and syllabus for detailed content information.