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 higher level chemistry courses with a C (2.0) or better, 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 biological chemistry.
  • Identify and classify major organic functional groups and recognize their presence in biological molecules.
  • Predict the physical properties and reactivities of organic compounds based on their structure.
  • Name and draw the structure of organic compounds, including isomers.
  • 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.
  • Recognize structural differences between various types of biomolecules, such as lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and proteins, and identify their basic building blocks.
  • Explain how recrystallization, extraction, and chromatography are used for separation and purification of organic mixtures.