Course description

This course is a one-semester (4-credit) introduction to organic chemistry with an emphasis on structure and bonding reaction mechanisms and chemical reactivity. It covers all of the important functional groups and reactivity needed for applications in medicine and biochemistry including aldehydes ketones carboxylic acids esters and amides. Students who succeed in in this course are well prepared for the organic chemistry portion of medical school entrance exams and other similar exams. Students who need a full year of organic chemistry (8 credits) should take http// S-20ab which goes into greater depth with extensive coverage of laboratory organic synthesis spectroscopy and other topics needed for more advanced study of the subject.


  • Lecturer on Physics and Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Enroll now.
Take course