Synthetic Organic Chemistry--CHEM 7312/8312

Prerequisites: CHEM 6311 or a high pass on the organic diagnostic examination.

Course Description: Principles of synthesis of complex organic molecules.

Preparatory reading: "Organic Synthesis: The Disconnection Approach" by S. G. Warren (Wiley, 1982).

Textbook and other materials: "Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part B: Reactions and Synthesis" by F. A. Carey and R. J. Sundberg (Kluwer/Plenum, 2001).

Grades: Two in-class tests and a final examination will be given during the semester:

  • Test 1: Monday, October 4
  • Test 2: Monday, November 15
  • Final: Wednesday, December 15,  5:30 - 7:30 pm

Each test will count 20% toward the grade for the course. Another 20% of the grade will be based on a written term paper. The remaining 20% will be based on participation in class discussions of problem assignments and term papers.

Grades are expected to be in the range: A > 85 > B > 70 > C > 60 > D > 50 > F


  • No make-up exams will be given. The grade on the final exam will be substituted for one missed test or lower score.
  • Reading and problem assignments should be completed before the designated period. Homework problems will not be collected, but will form the basis for class discussion.
  • Tardiness and unexcused absence from class are unprofessional behaviors which should be avoided, but attendance will not be graded.
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be made for students who present a memo from Student Disability Services.

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