CHEM& 263 Organic Chemistry III • 6 Cr.


Third in a three-course sequence. Continues the lecture and lab component of CHEM& 261 and CHEM& 262. Topics include functional groups and biologically important compounds. Format includes laboratory work. Prerequisite: CHEM& 262.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Interpret patterns of reactivity for reactions of carbonyl containing compounds and derivatives and amines, and provide electron–pushing mechanisms and multistep products where applicable.
  • Predict the relative reactivities of the carboxylic acid derivatives.
  • Apply IUPAC nomenclature rules and predict trends in physical properties for simple organic molecules based on their functional groups.
  • Provide reagents or predict products for reactions at the alpha carbon.
  • Classify and identify basic biomolecules such as carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, and nucleic acids.
  • Apply basic organic reactions in a biological context, as in the reactions of carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, and nucleic acids.
  • Deduce molecular structures based on various spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, MS, IR, and/or UV-Vis.
  • Effectively use laboratory techniques to synthesize, isolate, and purify samples, and assess the purity and yield of final products.