ORC-13803 Bio-organic Chemistry for Life Sciences


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised20
Course coordinator(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal
Lecturer(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal
drs. AMEJ Franssen-Hagebols
dr. MCR Franssen
dr. CAGM Weijers
dr. M Giesbers
dr. TA van Beek
dr. ATM Marcelis
dr. ir. JMJ Paulusse
Examiner(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal

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The course Bio-organic Chemistry for Life Sciences gives a conveniently arranged introduction in chemistry, with a focus on natural products. Structure and reactivity of molecules, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry and interactions between molecules form the backbone of this course. It forms a solid basis for further studies in life sciences. The course is composed of lectures, tutorials and a practical part.

Learning outcomes:

- able to demonstrate insight and understanding of basic organic chemical reactions;
- able to apply basic tools in understanding more complex biological reactions, molecular interactions and chemical equilibria;
- able to perform basic practical laboratory experiments in organic chemistry.


Study the textbook and exercise the questions following the presented study guide. During the lectures and tutorials other questions are exercised and discussed with the teacher. In the practical part, which is closely related to the theoretical part, different basic laboratory skills are exercised, like extraction and chromatography, making use of natural products, like fats, carbohydrates, amino acids, and peptides. To work safely and concern for the environment are important aspects in this part.


Multiple-choice exam.


Reader, practical manual and textbook ('Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 7e and OWL (with eBook)' by McMurry, ISBN 9781408033227) are available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBSc2MO
BASAnimal SciencesBSc1MO
BPWPlant SciencesBSc1AF
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc2AF
BVGNutrition and HealthBSc1AF