Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog 
    Feb 27, 2024  
Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 150 - Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry


An introduction to organic chemistry emphasizing basic concepts and applications to biological systems. Course especially designed for the student needing a one-semester organic chemistry course. PREREQUISITE(S): CHEM 131  with a grade of C or better or consent of department. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly CH 120.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Describe and predict physical and chemical properties of organic compounds based on functional groups and structure.
  • Write condensed and skeletal structural formulas and assign IUPAC and common names to simple organic compounds.
  • Predict products of organic reactions and recognize how similar reactions relate to biological metabolic pathways.
  • Identify and explain the significance of structural components of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and relate structure to reactivity. 
  • Explain and calculate properties of acids, bases and buffers and connect the importance of acids, bases and buffers to physiology. 
  • Explain the role of RNA and DNA in protein biosynthesis.
  • Apply safe practices to conduct experiments using laboratory techniques related to organic and biochemistry.
  • Interpret, analyze and present laboratory data through written and oral communication methods.

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