Organic Chemistry

Course Code: BIOT 204

Academic Year: 2020-2021

In this course, students learn to build organic molecules by considering the fundamental structure of constituent atoms. Students gain the knowledge required to identify and name various classifications of organic molecules using the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) system of nomenclature. Electron distribution as governed by electronegativity is used to describe the behavior of organic molecules, and students gain a fundamental understanding regarding the behavior of molecules based upon their structure. Students learn about the various reaction types and reaction mechanisms, from both a thermodynamic and kinetic perspective. This acquired knowledge is used to describe the chemical and physical properties of different types of compounds as their reactions and transformations are explored in a comprehensive manner. Stereochemical and conformational considerations are presented throughout, and students gain the knowledge required to predict the outcome of, and design, synthetic reactions with the goal of preparing a target compound. Students also acquire the skills require to interpret the fundamental spectroscopic techniques for deducing molecular structure, such as UV/Vis, IR, and NMR (C13and H1) spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. This course is a co-requisite to Chemical Techniques Laboratory 2 (BIOT 201), which is an effective complement, providing hands on experience along with the theoretical learning in this course.