Organic and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences 


Instructor: Ronald W. Rinehart, Ph.D. Office:  PS-211 Phone:  646-4152
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday PS-211 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM daily and other times by appointment 
Lecture: Monday PS-201 5:30 - 8:30 PM


Wednesday PS-203/205 6:30 - 9:30  PM
Problem Sesson: Wednesday PS-201 5:30 - 6:30 PM
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Prerequisites:      Completion of  Chemistry 30A, “C” or better.

Transferability:     CHEM 30B is transferable to CSU and is listed as CAN CHEM 8. 


 Seager & Slabaugh,  Organic and Biochemistry for Today,  6th edition, 2007 Thomson Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.    ISBN 9780495112808 

Laboratory Manual and Lecture Outlines:  Handouts will be provided

 Formerly used, acceptable in a pinch:
Denniston, Topping, and Caret, General, Organic, and Biochemistry, 3rd ed., 2001, New York: McGraw-Hill              ISBN 0-07-231784-1


Course Description:             A continuation of Chemistry 30A dealing with organic chemistry, which  examines the structure,   properties,  and  reactions of  carbon compounds  (over 5 million known, but we’ll  settle for a few hundred)  and  biochemistry,  which  examines  the  processes  of  life  from  a  chemical  point  of  view.  Compared to CHEM 30A, there will be far less math but much more material to commit to memory.  Since mastery of each topic area is a necessary prerequisite for understanding subsequent topics, the importance of  regular attendance  and  maintaining  a  current  reading  schedule can not be overemphasized.   Molecular structure, shape, functionality, and patterns of reaction will be our main concerns. Relevance and applications to medicine will be demonstrated.

EXAMS:        Three one-hour exams  and a comprehensive final. 

QUIZZES:     A minimum of ten will be given. 

LABS:            Both wet labs and computer lab exercises are designed to be completed within
                         the lab period and reports are normally due at the end of that lab session.
                        As with all other work, these are graded on the usual 12-point scale. 

ATTENDANCE:   “strongly  suggested” . 
    Call and leave a message at 646-4152 (or e-mail me) BEFORE missing any session. 
Missed quizzes and exams will be made up only by prearranged appointment.
    It may not be possible to make up missed labs  
    Quizzes and exams not promptly made up will count as F and included in the overall average.


Exams 3 @ 10% each










Attendance & Deportment


HOMEWORK:      Chapter problem assignments will be given, but will generally not be collected or graded. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended that they be done as scheduled. Special assignments may be given.


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