CHEM 220: Organic Chemistry I

Course Information

Description: Integrated treatment of organic chemistry including electronic and orbital theory with applications to carbon bonding, stereo chemistry, resonance theory, and reaction mechanisms of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Strong emphasis on organic nomenclature, reactions, preparations, and synthesis of organic compounds. Laboratory: Techniques and theories involved in organic reactions and preparations, qualitative organic analysis, and instrumental methods.

SLOs: Application of the Scientific Method — Successful students will be able to apply the scientific method by stating a question, performing
experiments and/or analyzing a data presentation. Organic Lab Technique — Successful students will be able to set up and execute general and intermediate organic chemical
reactions in the lab using an organic chemical technique.

Prerequisites: A minimum of grade “C” in CHEM 115 and 115L

Semesters & Campuses Offered:  Fall, Spring @ San Marcos

Textbooks (required): Experimental Organic Chemistry, 2nd Edition by Boyajian

Textbooks & Materials (strongly recommended): 

  1. Organic Chemistry, 2nd Edition by Klein
  2. Student Study Guide and Solutions Manual to accompany Organic Chemistry, 2nd Edition by Klein
  3. Molecular Model Kit

Materials: quad-ruled lab notebook, scientific calculator, safety glasses/goggles (Z-87 Rating), completed Safety Quiz


Course Resources

Excel: Creating Linear Graphs

Periodic Table Review Worksheet

Downloadable Periodic Tables

Common Lab Equipment via ACS

Common Organic Chemistry Lab Equipment via CU Boulder


Study Links & Materials

Organic Chemistry IUPAC Nomenclature Review via UCalgary

Organic Chemistry Nomenclature Practice via UCalgary

Organic Chemistry Nomenclature Practice via Michigan State

Varied topics on Organic Chemistry via KhanAcademy

Varied Practice Questions via MSU

Varied Organic Chemistry Practice Problems 

Multiple Choice Practice Problems via Boise State

Periodic Table of Elements topics via KhanAcademy

Lab Equipment Practice via Quia