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CHEM 245 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
- Spring 2024
Nomenclature, structure, bonding, reactions, mechanisms, synthesis, stereochemistry of organic compounds. Intended for students in science-related programs requiring one semester of organic chemistry.
The required course materials are available through the CSU Inclusive Access Program. Access the online materials, for free, until the Add/Drop date by clicking on the link on the Modules page of Canvas. After that date, your student account will be charged for the full semester access. These materials include online homework, and access to the eBook. The access is REQUIRED for this class, so you can utilize the Inclusive Access program or you must find it on your own. Please watch for emails from the CSU Bookstore about ‘opting out’ as well as charges to your student account. These emails will be sent to your “@rams.colostate.edu ” address. You will also have the option of buying a hardcover text.
Supplemental Course Materials:
Molecular Modeling kit – Optional, but highly recommended. Available at the CSU bookstore or from an online vendor. Any kit that is described as a basic organic chemistry molecular model set will work. It should be around $20-$25.
Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Essential Organic Chemistry – Optional.
CHEM 107 (Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)) or General Chemistry II; Credit allowed for only one of the following: CHEM 245, CHEM 341, and CHEM 345.
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- Essential Organic Chemistry, 3rd Ed. Bruice, Paula
- Pearson's Modified MasteringChemistry (required online homework) Not available at the CSU Bookstore
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
Supplemental Materials (please view at the bottom of course description above).
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This Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Chemistry, the central science, engages biochemistry, biology, engineering, and environmental and materials sciences. Chemists synthesize compounds ranging from life-enhancing medicines to the materials of modern society, with the understanding that there can be unintended consequences. Chemists collect and analyze data used in policy decisions, including those involving the air, food, soil, and water. Chemists develop materials and processes that are safer, and are more energy and material efficient. Chemists develop processes for the recovery and conversion of waste to raw material.
With these important and diverse roles, chemists need to be skilled at the various arts of chemistry, conversant with other scientists as well as policy decision makers, and cognizant of the diverse impacts that their works have on society. Chemistry majors develop a solid foundation in general chemistry and mathematics, followed by coursework in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical biology, and physics. The curriculum is rounded out by courses in the liberal and communications arts.
Upon earning a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate foundational skills and knowledge in all the major sub-disciplines of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, materials, organic, and physical).
- Demonstrate rigorous in-depth skills and knowledge in at least two of the sub-disciplines.
- Exhibit valuable laboratory skills in all fundamental areas of chemistry, enabling them to contribute effectively to a professional laboratory as well as engage in original research.
- Use visualization tools, theory, computation, and simulations to explain experimental results, make predictions, and test hypotheses.
- Obtain, organize, and critically evaluate chemical information, and effectively present it coherently through oral and written discourse with specialists and non-specialists alike.
- Ethically and responsibly engage their knowledge of chemistry to address current global and societal challenges.
- Apply sustainability principles that incorporate complex environmental, economic, and social factors.
Chemists are employed in a vast array of professional fields in private industry, government, and education. Chemists work in research and development, analysis and testing, consulting, industrial quality control and assurance, environmental resource management, and forensics. Principal employers are petrochemical firms, biotechnology firms, consumer chemical firms, environmental testing laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural companies, governmental regulatory agencies, governmental and educational research laboratories, and manufacturing firms. Many chemists are also engaged in startup companies. Chemistry is also an excellent major for those preparing for careers in veterinary medicine and the health professions. Students whose career goals involve teaching at the secondary school level have the opportunity to complete the teacher licensure program through the School of Education .
Many possible occupations for chemists include, but are not limited to: agricultural chemist, air and water quality analyst, biochemical technician, chemical sales and marketing representative, clinical chemist, consultant, educator, forensic analyst, laboratory technician/bench chemist, materials analyst, patent examiner, pharmaceutical chemist, polymer technician, technical writer, and toxicologist.
- Environmental Chemistry Concentration
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- Health Sciences Concentration
- Sustainable Chemistry Concentration
Effective Fall 2022
Chemistry majors must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.000) in all the listed courses required for the major in chemistry.
In-depth Chemistry Courses
At least 5 credits must come from AUCC 4B designated courses: CHEM 431 , CHEM 440 , CHEM 445 , CHEM 461 , CHEM 476 .
At least 3 credits must come from laboratory course or lab components of lecture/laboratory courses: CHEM 431 , CHEM 433 , CHEM 440 , CHEM 462 , CHEM 477 , or CHEM 498 .
Students who complete General Chemistry in Freshman year ( CHEM 111 or CHEM 107 , CHEM 112 or CHEM 108 , and CHEM 113 , CHEM 114 ) do not have to take CHEM 120 and CHEM 121 .
Students may complete the organic requirement by taking CHEM 341 , CHEM 343 , and CHEM 344 . Students who take CHEM 245 / CHEM 246 may complete the organic chemistry requirement by taking CHEM 343 / CHEM 344 . For both sets of these students, CHEM 343 / CHEM 344 together count as an in-depth chemistry course.
CHEM 301 is recommended.
CHEM 499 Senior Thesis by department approval. Students fulfilling the AUCC 4C requirement with CHEM 499 must write a thesis and present it to the department.
Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).
Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program : TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER: The curriculum for the new American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus. Entering students who are not prepared to take calculus will need to fulfill pre‐calculus requirements in the first semester. CHEM 111 and CHEM 120 require Algebra II as a prerequisite (this prerequisite is met by having Algebra II by test credit, transfer credit, or placement out of MATH 117 and MATH 118 on Math Placement Exam). Earned grades of C (2.000) or better are required in all listed courses for the major in chemistry.
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Do you want to discover new materials or research how chemicals interact to help solve the world’s problems?
At a glance
In the Chemistry major, you’ll study the structure of physical matter, which makes up everything we can see and touch in the university. Students in this major gain a deep understanding of chemistry and can apply that knowledge to solve a wide variety of problems – such as pollution – or create new innovations – such as biodegradable plastics. Students work alongside expert faculty members using state-of-the-art facilities.
A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.
Learn the interconnected chemical processes — both naturally occurring and human caused —that shape the environment. You’ll develop and apply analytical skills to measure environmental chemical species and quantify their role in environmental chemistry and learn to communicate the results in policy decisions for questions involving the air, food, soil, and water.
If you hope to work in forensic science (yes, like CSI), you’ll focus in this concentration to understand the design of chemical experiments to investigate forensic samples.
This concentration will teach you how to identify the anatomical features of humans or domestic animals and define their physiological roles, along with articulating the role chemistry plays in disease and its treatment.
In sustainable chemistry, you’ll explore the unintended consequences associated with the synthesis of compounds ranging from life-enhancing medicines to the materials of modern society. You’ll learn to articulate the thought process used to develop safer, more energy- and material-efficient processes, including the recovery and conversion of waste to raw material.
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Chemists are employed in a vast array of professional fields in private industry, government, and education. You’ll have opportunities in research and development, analysis and testing, consulting, industrial quality control and assurance, environmental resource management, and forensics. Many chemists are also engaged in startup companies. Chemistry is also an excellent major for those preparing for careers in veterinary medicine and the health professions.
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- Pharmaceutical Chemist
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Nanoparticle structure, nanoparticle chemistry, novel nanoparticle synthesis strategies, applications of nanoparticles to biological imaging.
His research interests at Colorado State will focus on the thermodynamics of nanoscale self-assembly processes in block copolymer composite materials and their applications in a variety of environments, including polymer-based photovoltaics, bio-enzymatic fuel cells, chemical and biological sensing devices, targeted chemical delivery, and hydrogel-based shape memory materials.
The design and study of new catalysts and catalytic processes with applications for pharmaceutical, natural product and industrial chemical synthesis.
Our research is focused on addressing environmental problems from a local to global scale. We develop and apply advanced spectrometry (e.g., FT-ICR MS), microscopy, and spectroscopy (e.g., XAS) techniques to characterize complex environmental systems. Our research is interdisciplinary and includes a big team of scientists and engineers.
Polymer Science, Sustainable Chemistry, and Homogeneous Catalysis: Intrinsically recyclable & bio-derived sustainable polymers; chemical synthesis of biodegradable microbial plastics; precision (living and stereoselective & chemoselective) polymer synthesis; Lewis pair polymerization methodology for compounded sequence control; metal-catalyzed coordination polymerization for chiral polymers; organocatalysis for biomass conversion to fuels, chemicals & materials.
Molecular biophysics; reaction kinetics on membrane surfaces; single-molecule imaging; time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.
Bioinorganic, Bioorganic, Physical Organic Chemistries, with focuses on characterization of menaquinone metabolism and ihibition of electron transport in tuberculosis bacteria, vanadium containing anti-diabetic and anti-malarial compounds, microemulsion drug-membrane interaction studies, copper (II) amyloid-beta and peptide complexation studies, and spectroscopic techniques including 1D and 2D NMR, EPR, fluorescence and IR.
Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Inorganic Chemistry: The design of new asymmetric catalytic reactions from an electronic structure perspective; Mechanistic investigation of organic transformations catalyzed by open-shell first-row transition metal complexes; Isolation and characterization of reactive organometallic species for small-molecule activation.
Indoor and outdoor atmospheric chemistry; Instrument development & high resolution mass spectrometry; Field and laboratory measurements of reactive trace gases and particles and their interactions with the biosphere
Chemical catalysis, nanoparticle research, energy research and kinetics and mechanism
Bioanalytical chemistry; environmental chemistry; chemical separations; microscale chemical instrumentation; capillary electrophoresis; biosensor development; paper-based analytical devices; microfluidics
Organic Chemistry: research leverages organic chemistry to design advanced polymeric materials for applications in sustainability, catalysis, and soft materials. Focus on recyclable soft materials, de novo polymer-based catalyst design, and improving the degradability of radically-derived polymers
Molecular recognition, self-assembly, development of novel biological recognition motifs, construction of synthetic receptors for small molecules of biological interest, design of catalytic peptides.
Develop computational catalyst design and apply computational tools to both enzymatic and catalytic conversion processes of sustainable chemicals and polymers from plants (biomass) for a new bio-energy infrastructure. Mechanism-driven discovery of biopolymer upgrading and material design via molecular and quantum mechanics. Machine learning approach in catalyst design, and (bio)fuel and chemical property prediction tool kit development.
Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.
Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules in confined environments. Fundamental properties and processes governing cryopreservation.
Synthetic chemistry, new reaction development, heterocyclic chemistry, organophosphorus chemistry, dearomatized intermediates, catalytic reactions
Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from material to optical sciences. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of high bandgap oxide materials for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as imaging and ablation.
organic chemistry, catalysis, polymer science
New materials and methodologies involving solid-state and solution-phase reactions, particularly those involving kinetic control. We study structure/property relationships of materials (e.g., magnetism, electrical transport) using advanced synchrotron X-ray and time-of-flight neutron scattering and spectroscopic methods.
The Paton group uses computational and data-driven approaches to make synthetic chemistry more predictable. We develop tools to predict molecular properties, design new functional molecules and optimize synthetic routes. Our approach combines quantum mechanical calculations, physical organic chemistry and machine learning.
Electrochemical synthesis of inorganic bulk and nanoscale materials, low-temperature solid-state chemistry, nanomaterials.
Theoretical characterization of reaction mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, new electronic structure techniques, development of force fields or model potentials for chemical reactivity studies.
Atmospheric chemistry via studies in gas phase kinetics and photochemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric field observations, and analyses of modeling results; Furthering understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, diagnosing, understanding of, and providing solutions to environmental issues of the stratospheric ozone depletion, air quality, and climate change; Provide new insights into gas phase chemical reactions, reactions on surfaces and in liquids, and photochemical processes; Developing new experimental methods both for laboratory studies and atmospheric measurements.
Multidisciplinary chemical design and fabrication of biomimetic materials for use in medical device applications. Research work includes: synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds including small-molecule therapeutics, polymers, and extended frameworks; analytical studies utilizing fluorescence, chemiluminesence, zeta potential, and LC/MS-TOF; fabrication and engineering of materials; biomedical efficacy and toxicity studies.
The Sambur group synthesizes nanomaterials and develops imaging techniques to correlate chemical and structural properties with function/performance.
Coordination and organometallic complex synthesis and characterization: environmental control of spin-crossover properties; single-molecule magnets; solar photochemistry employing earth-abundant materials.
Computational design, simulation, and experimental validation of new enzymes, and crystalline biomolecular assemblies. We convert porous protein crystals into “3D molecular pegboards” for the controlled assembly of nanoparticles, enzymes, fluorescent proteins, oligonucleotides, and other functional molecules.
Statistical mechanics, dynamics of colloidal and polymeric fluids, structure and dynamics of colloidal fluids under non-uniform flow conditions.
Analytical and Physical Chemistry; DNA and RNA biophysics; Nanoscience; Single Molecule Detection and Spectroscopy; Optical, Scanning Probe, and Electron Microscopy; Super-Resolution Imaging
Atmospheric chemical transformations in gas and particle phases using online mass spectrometry techniques. Understanding the sources and sinks of volatile organic compounds in the surface ocean, emission to the atmosphere and atmospheric fate. Atmospheric aerosol formation and growth, and chemistry-climate interactions. Instrument development to answer fundamental questions in atmospheric chemistry in both field and laboratory experiments.
My research interests are primarily in physical inorganic chemistry, harnessing synthetic inorganic/coordination chemistries and advanced magnetic resonance spectroscopies to enable the next generation of bioimaging, quantum information science, and reactivity applications.
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Laser optical techniques for analysis of cell surface phenomena; microcalorimetry
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Plasma chemistry, reactivity of radicals with surfaces using LIF and molecular beam techniques. Plasma polymerization deposition and etching of materials. Characterization of plasma synthesized thin films.
Organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry.
Organic and biological chemistry, new synthetic methodology, synthesis of chemically and biologically interesting natural products and study of their molecular mechanisms of action, study of enzymatic reaction mechanisms and development of therapeutic agents.
Alkaloid chemistry, natural product isolation, characterization, synthesis and biosynthesis, chemical ecology, plant-insect interactions.
Fundamental and applied aspects of synthetic inorganic, analytical and environmental chemistry; fluorinated superweak ions; selective fluorination and chlorination of fullerenes; pollution prevention; infrared sensors for environmental and industrial applications; redox-cyclable ion-exchange; layered materials; metal carbonyls
Investigation of techniques and procedures for low cost under graduate laboratory education, chemical education, amthocyanin chemistry, atmospheric aerosols.
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