CHEM 51A Organic Chemistry (2017-2018)

CHEM 51A Organic Chemistry

(Required for BMEP, ChE and EnE. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CHEM 51A Organic Chemistry (Credit Units: 4) Fundamental concepts relating to carbon compounds with emphasis on structural theory and the nature of chemical bonding, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and stereoscopic, physical, and chemical properties of the principal classes of carbon compounds. Corequisite: CHEM M52LA or CHEM H52LA for Chemistry majors only or completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1LD for other majors. . Prerequisite: CHEM 1C and CHEM 1LC or CHEM H2C and H2LC or CHEM M3C and CHEM M3LC. Majors in the Schools of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Engineering, and majors in Nursing Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health Sciences, and Undecided/Undeclared students have first consideration for enrollment. . Only one course from CHEM 51A, CHEM H52A may be taken for credit. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077354725.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0077296650.


Course Notes from UCI bookstore.
Molecular models required: The bookstore has two model kits. The Darling Molecular Model Kit for Organic Chemistry ( comes bundled with the textbook and study guide or it can be bought separately for about $20. The Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry is approximately $50. Any organic molecular model set should work. A video by Dave Austin on building molecular models with the Darling kit can be found on YouTube:

Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Structure and bonding
  • Acids and bases, structural effects on pKa
  • Functional groups
  • Alkanes and cycloalkanes
  • Stereochemistry
  • Chemical Reactions, Bond Dissociation energy, thermodynamics, enthalpy
  • Alkyl halides
  • Elimination, alkene stability
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward Mathematics and Basic Science.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Midterm I: 25%
  • Midterm II: 25%
  • Final: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 4.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
December 18, 2012
Approved Effective:
2013 Spring Qtr