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Introduction: The laboratories that accompany Distance Medical Organic Chemistry I are similar to those preformed by students in a laboratory setting on any college or university campus, with one major exception.  The experiments are preformed online using Virtual ChemLab, Organic Synthesis and Qualitative Analysis v.2.5, designed by Brian F. Woodfield and Merritt B. Andrus at Brigham Young University.

“Virtual ChemLab, Organic Synthesis and Qualitative Analysis is a collection of realistic simulations of organic synthesis and organic qualitative analysis.  In these laboratories, students are put into a virtual environment where they are free to make the choices and decisions that they would confront in an actual instructional laboratory setting and, in turn, experience the resulting consequences.”

“The general features of the organic simulation include the ability to synthesize products; work-up reaction mixtures and perform extractions; use Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Infrared Spectroscopy, and Thin-Layer Chromatography as analytical tools; and purify products by distillation or recrystallization.  The simulation allows for over 1,000,000 outcomes for synthesis experiments.”

The laboratories are at a level for introductory level college organic chemistry I courses for pre-health science majors at challenging institutions.  An emphasis is placed on understanding the concept of the laboratories and the scientific method since today’s healthcare professionals are expected to have a general understanding of how science and the scientific method contribute to their profession.  The labs are thus for pre-medical, dental, PA, DPT, pharmacy and graduate nutrition students.

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List of Laboratory Experiments for Organic Chemistry I

  • Alcohol Halogenation
  • Alkene Hydration
  • Alkene Halogenation
  • Stereoisomerism
  • Alkyl Halide Solvolysis
  • Fischer Esterification
  • Freidel-Crafts Reaction
  • Aldol Condensation Reaction

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What happens if a student messes up an experiment?
Messing up an experiment is part of the learning process and as such should be noted as such.  Virtual ChemLabs experimental formats allow students to repeat experiments as necessary. Clarification regarding lab content is available from the course instructor while the student is conducting the lab as well as throughout the entire course for all course content.

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How are laboratories graded?
The lab grade for each laboratory assignment is based entirely on the post-lab quiz. All quizzes are submitted online for a grade.

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For more information about Virtual ChemLab, please visit Pearson Prentice Hall

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For more information about the course, call 207-602-2494, or email Dr. David Manyan at

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Tuition & Fees
Credits:   4
Tuition:   $1200
Registration:   $25
Total:   $1225

The cost of the materials are not included in this total


Dr. David Manyan

Exam Procedure
  1. Online Proctoring Center
    For instruction on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning's ProctorU site.
  2. Written Proctored Exam
    Students may take the exam at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine's Campus. Please contact us for information at For a detailed Exam Policy please see course syllabus.