Spring 2020

CHEM-T 520, Organic Synthesis

Course Dates: 1/13/2020 - 5/8/2020

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Course Description

This course will cover major topics and themes in organic synthesis. The course will begin with an overview of the importance of small molecule total synthesis, as well as a review of organic structure and reactivity, then will take an in-depth dive into the syntheses of important classes of molecules including the beta-lactams, steroids, and sugars. Later modules will address important topics including stereoselective synthesis, medicinal chemistry, biosynthesis, bioinspired (or biomimetic) synthesis, and polymer synthesis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Learning Materials

This course will utilize a mix of freely-available online textbooks, ebooks that are accessible through IU libraries, and the primary literature (including reviews). The course will be divided up into eight 2-week modules, and each module will have its own materials.


Synthesis Project: 10%
Learning Checks: 5%
Module Quizzes: 35%
Graded Discussions: 50%