Organic Chemistry

Compulsory Course

  • in BSc Applied Biology, 2nd Semester
  • 6h/week (3L/2E/1P)
  • Credits: 7 ECTS

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Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, the students:

  • are familiar with the most important classes of organic substances and their physical and chemical properties;
  • are able to identify typical physical properties and chemical reactions on the basis of the corresponding molecular structures and to understand fundamental organic reaction mechanisms;
  • understand how functional groups can be converted into one another under certain reaction conditions;
  • are familiar with the basics of stereochemistry;
  • are able to understand the properties of essential classes of biomolecules (such as amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids).


  • Fundamental principles of organic chemistry (such as theory of chemical bonds and molecular structure),
  • Introduction into important classes of organic substances (including essential classes of biomolecules) with a special focus on their physical and chemical properties (such as volatility, polarity, solubility, acidity / basicity). 
  • Presentation of typical chemical reactions of organic compounds including reaction mechanisms,
  • Influences of stereochemical aspects on the molecular structure as well as the physical and chemical properties of organic substances. 


Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course:

  • students are able to transfer their knowlegde (lecture topics) to corresponding exercise problems;
  • students are able to formulate and explain the corresponding reaction equations and mechanisms.

Practical Course

Learning outcomes:

  • Students are familiar with important techniques of classic preparative and analytical organic chemistry.
  • They gained first practical experience in the preparation, purification and characterisation of organic substances.


  • Basic techniques of organic synthesis (such as heating under reflux, recrystallization, liquid-liquid extraction),
  • Basic techniques of analytical organic chemistry (such as determination of melting points and optical purities)



Recommendations: Successful completion of module General Chemistry (1st Sem.)


Passing of module – graded

Written final examination (90 %)

Lab course (oral examination and lab report (10 %)

Both parts have to be passed separately.


  • K.P.C. Vollhardt, N.E. Schore, Organic Chemistry: Structure and Function, Freeman, New York.
  • 2. P.Y. Bruice, Organic Chemistry, Prentice Hall, New York.
  • 3. J. McMurry, Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, Brooks / Cole Cengage Learning.
  • 4. H.P. Latscha, H.A. Klein, Organische Chemie, Springer-Verlag.
  • 5. Ulrich Lüning, Organische Reaktionen, Spektrum Akad. Verlag.
  • 6. R. Brückner, Reaktionsmechanismen, Spektrum Verlag.
  • 7. H.G.O. Becker et al., Organikum, Wiley-VCH.