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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 312
Course Title: Organic Chemistry II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Continuation of CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I. Topics include groups in organic chemistry such as alcohols, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and amines. Biomolecules are covered. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: CHEM 310 with a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 310 with a grade of C or higher.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Organic Chemistry
By McMurry (Brooks Cole)
Organic Chemistry
By Wade (Prentice Hall)
Organic Chemistry
By Bruice (Prentice Hall)
Organic Chemistry
By Klein (Wiley)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Interpret spectral data (NMR, IR and MS) to identify organic molecules.
  2. Apply the rules of organic nomenclature.
  3. Predict products of organic reactions.
  4. Predict results of a multistep synthesis.
  5. Identify characteristic organic reaction mechanisms.
  6. Predict chemical properties based on chemical structure.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Spectroscopy
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Alcohols and thiols
  • Ethers
  • Aldehydes  and Ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
  • Amines
  • Condensation reactions
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

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Prepared by: Alan James Date: September 3, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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