CHEM 245 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

  • 4 credits

Nomenclature, structure, bonding, reactions, mechanisms, synthesis, stereochemistry of organic compounds. Intended for students in science-related programs requiring one semester of organic chemistry.


CHEM 107 (Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)) or CHEM 113 (General Chemistry II). Credit allowed for only one of the following: CHEM 245, CHEM 341, and CHEM 345.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Essential Organic Chemistry, 3rd Ed.
    Bruice, Paula
  • Modified Mastering Chemistry with Etext for Bruice Essentials 3e
    ISBN: 9780133858525

Supplemental Materials

CHEM 245 801 Course Packet – Optional (The content is also posted on Canvas)

Molecular Modeling kit – Optional, but highly recommended.

Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Essential Organic Chemistry – Optional (The bookstore package with the hardcover text also contains this paperback book)


Patricia K. Somers

(970) 491-2854 |

I've taught for over twenty years, primarily organic chemistry lectures and laboratories, but have also taught biochemistry and enjoy learning about and sharing applications of organic chemistry to human health.

I've been at Colorado State University since 2003 and feel very fortunate to live in Fort Collins. When I'm not working, I enjoy family time, running with my dog Jinx (born on a Friday the 13th) and riding the steel-frame Italian road bike I've had since 1988, in and around the foothills of Larimer County.

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