Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon-based compounds, regardless of source. In this course, students will apply the knowledge learned in general chemistry to a more specialized area: the covalent bond to carbon, with a particular emphasis on mechanisms and organic synthesis. Fundamental topics such as MO theory; covalent bonding; acids and bases; organic nomenclature; stereo- chemistry; conformational analysis; and reaction energetics will be interwoven into reaction mechanisms, (arrow pushing; polar, radical, and pericyclic) and functional group chemistry, (alkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, and dienes). There is a lab component to this course. Prerequisite: CHEM 160.