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Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen are three of the four most common elements in the universe. Substances composed primarily of these elements make up more than 99% of the more than 50 million substances known to the human race and are the foundation of all known life. Their story is organic chemistry.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry will help students learn how carbon is unique among the 118 known elements. We will discuss covalent bonding, isomerism, and how clusters of atoms (functional groups) attached to carbon skeletons produce and predict the properties of organic compounds. This course will discuss the design, preparation, and conversion of classes of organic compounds; including hydrocarbons, alkyl-halides, aromatics, alcohols, ethers, and amines. Limited discussion of spectroscopy and synthetic planning may be explored. This class has no lab component, is offered fully online, and is intended only as an introduction to this cornerstone subject of collegiate chemistry.

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Session Three
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.


Students are assumed to have an understanding of algebra, atomic theory, atomic structure, covalent bonding, valence-bond theory, stoichiometry and periodic trends as introduced in most high school chemistry courses.