Organic Chemistry divides into two courses for the second semester.

You have to decide which course to take.

CHE 322 meets MWF 9:35-10:30 am in Javits 100 with Professor Fowler

CHE 326 meets MWF 2:20-3:15 pm in the Union Auditorium with Professor Kerber

Course Descriptions for the second semester of organic chemistry:

CHE 322 Organic Chemistry IIA

Discussion of the structure, reactivity, and properties of organic compounds introduced in CHE 321 is continued. The chemistry of substances important in biology, medicine, and technology is emphasized. CHE 322 may not be taken for credit in addition to CHE 326.
Prerequisite: C or higher in CHE 321
3 credits

CHE 326 Organic Chemistry IIB

Similar to CHE 322 but providing a more fundamental view of organic compounds, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis, based somewhat more explicitly on thermodynamics and kinetics. Especially for those who may major in chemistry, biochemistry, or another physical science. CHE 326 may not be taken for credit in addition to CHE 322.
Prerequisite: C or higher in CHE 321
3 credits

Which organic chemistry course should I take next semester?

The primary consideration is that if you plan to take more courses in the chemical sciences such as biochemistry (BIO 361) or physical chemistry (CHE 301 or 312) then you should enroll in CHE 326. If organic chemistry is your last chemistry course then CHE 322 is the course for you. This suggests that BCH, CHE, and BCP majors will generally take 326, and BIO, PSY majors will generally take 322.  However, these are not the only considerations.  For example, if you are a biology major and do not plan to take biochemistry, but you do plan to enter a profession where you will use chemistry, then you might consider CHE 326 (see below).

Is CHE 326 more difficult than CHE 322?

This is not an easy question to answer because it depends upon you and how you are different from other people.  The same textbook is being used for both courses so you will cover the same material in both courses.  However, instructors always provide added value to supplement the material in the textbook.  In CHE 326 this added value could be trying to answer the why questions by invoking fundamental principles from areas such as thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.  In CHE 322 the added value could be to make the course more comprehensive by the addition of topics from biochemistry.

Will the grading standards be different in the two courses?

It is our intent for both courses to have the same grading standards.  That is, the grade you receive will depend upon your understanding of organic chemistry and not which course you are enrolled in.  This is our goal and we will make considerable effort to achieve this goal.

Can I take more chemistry courses if I take CHE 322?

Yes, CHE 322 is acceptable for the Chemistry Major. However, it is our plan that CHE 326 will be more suitable as a prerequisite for additional study in chemistry.