Friday, November 5, 2010

Want more Organic Chemistry?

Advanced Organic Synthesis Lab (Chem 374)

So you've seen all those cool instruments and fancy pieces of glassware in Organic I and II lab, but did get a chance to really use them. You learned about a ton of different chemical reactions in lecture and spent hours working on multi-step synthesis problems but didn't get a chance to use those skills in lab. Advanced Organic Synthesis Lab takes you beyond the lab manual and gives you a chance to direct you own lab work.

With all the equipment and instrumentation in the chemistry department at your disposal, you'll develop your own multi-step synthetic procedure based on research publications and spend the semester building your chosen molecule from scratch. You'll also get the chance to prepare a poster describing your work and present it at the end of the semester.

It won't always be easy and it won't always be fun, but when you get a nice clean NMR showing you've isolated your final product, you'll know it was all worth it.

If you're thinking about going to graduate school or want to get a taste of what research is like, this is a great class for you!

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