Official course description: This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of organic chemistry through the study of structural principles, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis. The basic goals of the course are to develop appreciation and skill in the methods of molecular analysis which have made organic chemistry such a powerful intellectual discipline. Topics covered will include conformational analysis of alkanes, stereochemistry and various reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and conjugated systems. The course will prepare the student for work in advanced topics in organic chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and the health related sciences.