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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 and discussion. As of Fall 2008, the organic laboratory is a separate course (CH 255 and CH 256, Organic Laboratory I/II). There will be no lab credit allowed for students who took the lab in the previous version of the course (CH 253); CH 251 and CH 255 are co‐requisites, and students must be enrolled in and attending both courses.
  • There are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. 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 116 and 118.

Please note you must also be enrolled in corequisite course CHEM 251 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I.

Required Textbook

Organic Chemistry. Solomons & Fryhle. 9th edition.

(An iClicker is required for this course.)

Other Reading

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


Component Percentage

Best three of four in-class exams 60%
Final Examination 40%
(Extra Credit Opportunities 7%)



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