Organic chemistry instills a greater understanding of molecule synthesis and of biological and physical processes at the molecular level...
Organic chemistry (the art of molecule construction and molecular interactive understanding) is a major component of the foundation discipline of chemistry and a scientific pillar for both technology and biotechnology sectors in academic and industrial settings.
Many sub disciplines rely heavily on a clear understanding on life processes at a molecular (chemical) level, for example, the field of drug design and development and nanochemistry. Organic chemistry is a ‘pivotal’ science that brings molecular understanding to a huge number of medical, biological and physical related subjects.
What do I do in this course?
CHEM3001 covers: molecular conformations, effective sizes of groups, types of organic transformations and their mechanisms; stereochemical outcomes, structural effects on reactivity, role of intermediates, analytical approaches to organic synthesis; reagents, methodologies, specificities & stereochemistry, illustrated by synthesis of natural and non-natural compounds; and functional group and whole molecule retrosynthesis.  The course has a very strong practical element:
  • Develop skills in a synthetic chemistry laboratory; techniques that will enable molecule construction and identification, which are highly desirable skills by scientific employers
  • Use advanced spectroscopic techniques (i.e. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance).
  • Gain experience in producing professional scientific reports.
Career relevance of this course:
Organic chemistry is a pillar discipline required in such fields as nanotechnology and pharmaceutical design and synthesis.
Organic chemistry is central to both the technology and biotechnology industrial sectors. Molecule synthesis, pharmaceutical synthesis, polymer synthesis, agrochemical and petrochemical, bio- and physical chemical interaction understanding at a molecular level.
Program planning advice:
CHEM3001 is recommended by a wide variety of employers who require students (future employees) to understand and solve problems at a molecular level. This course is compulsory in the Chemical Sciences dual majors and is recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Chemistry major.

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.