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Course Description

This course satisfies the Natural Sciences Distribution Requirement. It offers the opportunity to continue exploring the laws of the physical and biological world, how they are derived and tested through observation, theory, and experiment, and provides an understanding of the “correctable” nature of scientific knowledge and the interconnections among science, technology, and social concerns. In-class instruction and practice is provided in Quantitative Reasoning and the Use of Technology to Further Learning.

Course Objectives

  • This course consists of lecture, laboratory, and discussion. You must be enrolled for all three parts of the course. The laboratory must be satisfactorily completed to receive a passing grade for the course. Discussion attendance and working the assigned problems are not mandatory, but are highly recommended.
  • There are NO MAKE‐UP EXAMS. The exams count for 80% of the grade, and the lab counts for 20%. The lowest score from the first three in‐class exams will be dropped.
  • Incompletes for this course are only allowed under exceptional circumstances, and are never granted automatically. This means that if you think you qualify for an incomplete, you must request one! The basic requirements for an INC are: (1) you must be passing the course, and (2) you must have an insurmountable reason for not being able to finish the course. INCs are never given before the withdrawal deadline has passed.


Passed CHEM 253 or equivalent.

Required Textbooks

Lecture: Organic Chemistry, Bruice, 5th edition (paperback or hardcover).

Laboratory: ALaboratory Manual for Organic Chemistry, Cerny & Schwartz, Revised Printing (Green Cover).

The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual, J.W. Zubrick, 6th edition.

Other Reading

  • Pushing Electrons, A Guide for Students of Organic Chemistry, D.P. Weeks, 3rd edition,
  • Organic Chemistry II as a Second Language. Klein, latest edition.


Component Percentage

Exams 80%
Labs 20%



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