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CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry • 6 Cr.




Presents organic chemistry and biochemistry, with emphasis on functional groups, reaction synthesis, and biochemical applications. Format includes lecture, discussion, and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define Organic chemistry in terms of the role of carbon in organic and biochemistry.
  • Identify and classify the major functional groups. These include alkanes, alkenes, aromatics, alkynes, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amides, amines, alcohols, and alkyl halides.
  • List the typical properties of the individual functional groups.
  • Predict reactivity of compounds based on their size and functional group.
  • Name and draw the structure for molecules of the main functional groups, including cis-trans and R-S notation.
  • Define and recognize the different types of isomerism, including geometric, stereo, and constitutional.
  • Explain the importance of molecular shape in terms of function and properties.
  • Explain and describe the meaning of primary, secondary, and tertiary substituents.
  • Predict general products for basic simple organic reactions.
  • Give the mechanism of one common organic reaction.
  • Explain how recrystallization and extraction are used for purification.
  • Classify basic lipids into their appropriate sub-categories.
  • Describe DNA replication and how this is related to aging.
  • Describe transcription and how this is related to mutation.
  • Explain the importance of protein shape and what intermolecular forces are involved.
  • Perform one organic synthesis in lab.
  • Define monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides.
  • Write the structure of glucose, including stereochemistry.
  • Explain the difference between alpha and beta bridges and their consequences in terms of human digestion.
  • Determine the structure of simple sugars using optical data and the Fischer Proof.



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