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 Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology 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.