Organic chemistry is at the heart of biology and medicine. This course is an introduction to the fundamental chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, including three-dimensional structures, chemical properties, methods of structural identification, reactions, and syntheses. The course explores some of the major classes of organic compounds: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers, with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and multi-step syntheses.

Laboratories (required) meet roughly every other week, Tuesdays 7-11 pm or Saturdays 9 am-1 pm. Review sessions (highly recommended) meet Mondays 5:30-7 pm. Discussion sections (highly recommended) meet Tuesdays 5-6, 6-7, or 7-8 pm; or Wednesdays 5-6 or 6-7 pm. Students choose lab and section assignments at the first class.

Prerequisites: CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b with grades of B– or higher, or equivalent preparation in general chemistry. (4 credits)

CHEM E-2a Organic Chemistry I (10025)
Fall term 2013
Sirinya Matchacheep, PhD, Lecturer on Chemistry and Assistant Director of Premedical and Health Career Advising, Office of Career Services, Harvard University.
Class times: Thursdays beginning Sept. 5, 6-9 pm. Required sections to be arranged.
Course tuition: undergraduate credit $1,200
Limited enrollment.