Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (CHEM 3570)

Michael Pungente, Ph.D., Professor of Organic Chemistry


Spring - 3 credits


Organic Chemistry 3570 introduces the principles of organic chemistry and provides the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding biochemical transformations. The course surveys the properties and reactivity of the more important classes of carbon compounds, especially those encountered in the biological sciences. Early emphasis is placed on the three-dimensional structures and physical properties of molecules and the mechanisms underlying functional group transformations. Problem solving is developed and practiced initially through single-step reactions and building strategies for students to rationalize multi-step synthetic sequences. Modern spectroscopic methods (NMR, MS and IR) are introduced early in the course, which are then integrated into reaction chemistry in lectures to illustrate the importance of structure elucidation in organic chemistry.