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CHE 502: Synthetic Organic Chemistry

The aim of this course is to cultivate knowledge of modern organic synthesis.  The application of organic reactions to the synthesis of complex molecules, including natural products, is studied.  In addition to synthetic strategies, detailed reaction mechanism, reaction scope and issues in catalysis are discussed.  The course material will draw heavily on a total synthesis textbook, but will also engage the student with recent synthetic literature. Most students will have taken CHE 501 prior to taking this course.