CHEM 1020: Organic Chemistry I Lecture CHEM 1020L: Organic Chemistry I Lab

*This course is a Carbonyl First approach to organic chemistry. This course will focus on the structure and properties of organic compounds, carbonyl reactions (needed for biochemistry), and spectroscopy.

CHEM 1020: Organic Chemistry I Lecture Course Overview

CHEM 1020 is a three-credit, lecture only, online organic chemistry course.  This course is designed to give the student, interested in the health professions, an introduction to structure, reactivity, and analysis of organic molecules. Students will be introduced to organic structures (functional groups, nomenclature, stereochemistry and conformations) and then learn carbonyl reactions (nucleophilic additions to ketones/aldehydes and nucleophilic substitution to acid derivatives). The students then apply these topics to biochemical settings. Finally, the course ends with an introduction to spectroscopic analysis. This course is a Carbonyl First approach to organic chemistry. This course will focus on the structure and properties of organic compounds, carbonyl reactions (needed for biochemistry), and spectroscopy. These are topics that needed for entrance exams in the health professions and will prepare students to understand important biological pathways that the student will encounter in his/her professional studies. In addition, this course will lay the groundwork for more advanced understanding of the chemical reactivity topics covered in Organic Chemistry II.

*This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above)


CHEM 1020L: Organic Chemistry I Lab Course Overview

CHEM 1020L is a one-credit, lab only, online organic chemistry course. This lab course is designed at a level to provide an introductory-level college organic chemistry course for health science majors. An emphasis is placed on understanding the concept of the labs and the scientific method, since today’s healthcare professionals are expected to have a general understanding of how science and the scientific method contribute to their profession. The UNE online organic chemistry faculty member provides an introduction to each laboratory, relating the lab content to the corresponding course lecture and emphasizing the relevance to the Health Sciences. This course is a Carbonyl First approach to organic chemistry. This course will focus on the structure and properties of organic compounds, carbonyl reactions (needed for biochemistry), and spectroscopy. The labs are thus for pre-medical, dental, PA, DPT, pharmacy, dietetics, and graduate nutrition students. Topics include separation and purification techniques and an introduction to spectroscopy. This course will introduce the student to important laboratory techniques covered on most professional entrance exams.

*This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above)<

*We offer the opportunity for you to take just the lecture, just the lab, or both together.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture Course Outcomes

  • Classify organic compounds by functional groups.

  • Predict acid-base chemistry of organic compounds.

  • Evaluate the 3D structure of small organic compounds (isomers, naming, conformations, and stereochemistry).

  • Articulate the factors that impact the nucleophilic addition to carbonyls, using curved arrows, reaction profiles, molecular orbitals, and thermodynamics.

  • Transfer an understanding of mechanism and intermediates to predict products of related reactions.

  • Explain catalysis of carbonyl reactions in both organic reactions and enzymatic reactions. Analyze data from IR, 1H NMR, and 13C NMR spectroscopy to determine the structure of small organic compounds.


Organic Chemistry I Lab Course Outcomes

  • Ask a question or define a problem that can be tested.

  • Hypothesize possible result(s).

  • Plan and/or conduct an investigation individually and/or collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence.

  • Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (i.e. computational, mathematical, graphical, etc.) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.

  • Communicate the results by constructing an explanation based on multiple pieces of valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe the natural world operate today as they did in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

  • Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence gained from various experiments, as well as other observations and/or research, to provide an explanation of phenomena and solve design problems, taking into account possible unanticipated effects.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture or Lab Course Prerequisites

  • Two semesters of college-level general chemistry (CHEM 1010/ CHEM 1011)

    * Please note these prerequisites are highly suggested and support course preparedness and success. We recommend having completed the listed prerequisites before enrolling and within the past seven years.

How do exams work?

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored online through ProctorU. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit UNE Online’s ProctorU site. Please note exams must also be proctored with the UNE-approved external webcam.


How do labs work?

For CHEM 1020L, most of the weeks include a laboratory assignment. You will perform all laboratory assignments in a non-laboratory setting, such as your kitchen. You will also complete one written lab report.

Tuition & Fees

CHEM 1020: Lecture Only


  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $1,230
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,260*

CHEM 1020L: Lab Only


  • Credits: 1
  • Tuition: $410
  • Registration: $0
  • Total: $410*

CHEM 1020 & CHEM 1020L:
Lecture and Lab


  • Credits: 4
  • Tuition: $1,640
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,670*

*Total payment is due in full at the time of registration. The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Required course materials

  • Mandatory External Webcam and Whiteboard for Proctored Exams
  • Textbooks:
    • All course textbooks are available for free online.
  • Lab Materials:
    • All lab materials are purchased or accessed through your course. A subscription to Labflow will be required for assignments. A join code/access link is available upon enrollment in the course.
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