a department implements the Bio-Organic Chemistry First curriculum, it is not a simple
matter of an individual deciding to change his or her course. The
department as a whole must decide to implement the curriculum, because
there are wide-ranging consequences to doing so.
What Comes After the Organic Course What About All the Organic That Was SkippedAre There Any Books For These Courses?
What Comes After the Organic Course?
bioorganic chemistry course incorporates much of the material traditionally
covered in general chemistry. In addition to the introductory topics
listed on the Features of the First-Year
page, there are also treatments of kinetics,
thermodynamics, entropy, equilibrium, heats of combustion, heats
of hydrogenation, and limited redox chemistry.
there are still many aspects of general chemistry that have not
been introduced, including:
relating to d orbitals
topics must be covered during the sophomore year, and many of the
topics introduced in the first year need to be reviewed and expanded
upon. Coverage should extend beyond what is traditionally covered
in general chemistry.
What About All the Organic That Was Skipped?
of the beauties of the Organic First curriculum is that all chemistry
majors get a second shot at organic chemistry. Almost every school
offers at least one advanced organic course, but it is rarely a
requirement and only students who are especially interested in organic
chemistry enroll. A curriculum that starts with a pared-down organic
course can require all chemistry majors to fill in the holes left
by the first-year course, so everyone gets to review their first-year
organic chemistry. At Juniata, this course is called "Organic
Reactions," and it is typically taken during the junior year
by all chemistry majors.
There Any Books for These Courses?
of the currently available full-year organic texts are suitable
for the freshmen course as described on this site, since they assume
too much at the beginning and cover too many topics in too much
one-semester organic texts still assume a prior year of college
chemistry and cover organic at too shallow a level. General, organic,
and biochemistry texts also tend to be too shallow, designed as
survey courses that emphasize facts rather than understanding. Many
organic and biochemistry texts also lack mechanism and energy discussions
in sufficient depth to be the basis of further study; hardly any
cover synthesis or spectroscopy with any rigor at all.
are also no texts designed for the sophomore courses described.
The Juniata College chemistry department uses a standard general
chemistry text for the sophomore bioinorganic course,3
and a standard analytical text for the analytical course.4
For the junior "Organic Reactions" course they use one
of the normal sophomore organic texts, covering the material in
2. Reingold, I. D. Organic Chemistry for Freshmen:
An Introductory Text Emphasizing Biological Connections Houghton
Mifflin Co., Boston, in press
3. Jones, L.; Atkins, P. Chemistry, 4th Ed..
W. H. Freeman Co., New York, 1999.
4. Harris, D. C. Quantitative Chemical Analysis,
5th Ed. W. H. Freeman Co., New York, 1999.
5. At various times, Streitwieser and Heathcock;
Fox and Whitesell; Brown and Foote