CHEM 245 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

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

The required course materials are available through the CSU Inclusive Access Program. Access the online materials, for free, until the Add/Drop date by clicking on the link on the Modules page of Canvas. After that date, your student account will be charged for the full semester access. These materials include online homework, and access to the eBook. The access is REQUIRED for this class, so you can utilize the Inclusive Access program or you must find it on your own. Please watch for emails from the CSU Bookstore about ‘opting out’ as well as charges to your student account. These emails will be sent to your “” address. You will also have the option of buying a hardcover text.

Supplemental Course Materials:

CHEM 245 Course Packet – The material presented in the lecture videos will be a combination of slides and handwritten notes. The handwritten notes will be filling in examples and structures on a prepared document. The documents used for all of the notes are available as a course packet in the CSU bookstore. The content is posted on Canvas too, within each topic for each module. For example, the document for the videos in Module 1 Topic 1 is on Canvas within that module and topic. The course packet obviates the need to download and print the documents.

Molecular Modeling kit – Optional, but highly recommended. Available at the CSU bookstore or from an online vendor. Any kit that is described as a basic organic chemistry molecular model set will work. It should be around $20-$25.

Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Essential Organic Chemistry – Optional.

This course can be applied toward:


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
  • Pearson's Modified MasteringChemistry (required online homework)
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore

Supplemental Materials (please view at the bottom of course description above).


Patricia K. Somers
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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