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Organic Chemistry

Stream Representative

Dr Jeremy Cockcroftj.k.cockcroft@ucl.ac.uk

Aims

The organic chemistry stream covers all aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds, from the synthesis and reactivity of simple molecules, through to therapeutic drug design and the functioning of the molecules of life, such as proteins and nucleic acids. Students following this stream will learn how to synthesise compounds with potential as flavours and fragrances, as pharmaceuticals or as probes for the detailed study of biological processes.

Objectives

Students who complete this stream will understand:

The organic chemistry stream covers all aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds, from the synthesis and reactivity of simple molecules, through to therapeutic drug design and the functioning of the molecules of life, such as proteins and nucleic acids. Students following this stream will learn how to synthesise compounds with potential as flavours and fragrances, as pharmaceuticals or as probes for the detailed study of biological processes.

  • the chemistry of organic functional groups and be able to identify these groups by characterisation methods such as NMR and MS
  • the mechanisms of reaction processes and be able to construct synthetic pathways to produce desired products
  • the essential structural features and chemistry of complex molecules such as proteins and other natural products
  • how to synthesise compounds in the laboratory and confirm the product formation using IR NMR, Mass spectroscopy
Year 1

All Organic Chemistry stream students must take:

and must pick 15 credits from:

Year 2

All Organic Chemistry stream students must take:

and may take 0 -15 credits of (depending on their option in year 1):

Year 3

All Organic Chemistry stream students must take:

If students major in Organic Chemistry they take:

Students majoring take 15 - 30 credits and students minoring take 0 - 15 credits of the following:

    Year 4

    All students majoring in Organic Chemistry take:

    Students majoring take 15 - 45 credits and students minoring take 0 - 30 credits of the following:

    The Organic Chemistry Stream combines with: