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Catalyst 606__ Schedule

The Catalyst 606__ Schedule change creates space on Wednesday afternoon for students to select specific Catalyst courses to enhance their learning.

A Catalyst 606__ course takes advantage of this schedule by utilizing two to three Wednesday afternoons for every afternoon undergraduate course offered. The afternoons are designed to allow enough time for students to travel to their Chicago destination and experience the city.

The Catalyst 606__ Schedule provides the structure and support for students to apply theory learned in the classroom with practice outside the classroom. Ample learning opportunities span the arts, sciences, nonprofits, ministries, businesses, and civic organizations.

A Wednesday Afternoon

What’s learned in the textbook and the classroom extends into the city every Wednesday during the school year—in the very places where business, technology, art, theater, science, and social services all function. Dates and facts about the labor movement in a textbook come alive with visiting the Historic Pullman Foundation; finance becomes relevant while standing in Chicago’s downtown financial district; economics becomes tangible in touring a manufacturing company, and art and culture become eye-opening while touring the Art Institute.

Students will have the opportunity to connect these and many more subjects to the world around them. Along with their peers, students discuss and process their experiences together, develop a better understanding of options for their career path, derive inspiration to contribute to the community, and participate in their own learning experience making the connection between the theoretical and the practical.

Upon graduation, students will have explored and observed a range of businesses, intercultural settings, and community-based organizations, as well as engaged in lively conversation with their peers, professors, and professionals. By the time of graduation, students will develop a combination of soft and hard skills needed to be well-prepared to work and live in today’s cities carrying high expectations to collaborate, contribute, and solve complex problems.

Catalyst 606__ Course List

If you are signed up for a course that meets at 12:40pm or 2:30pm, you may have noticed on Web Advisor that your course description has something called an “Activity Wednesday.” This means your course has the option of utilizing the Catalyst Wednesday block at least twice a semester.

You may be in more than one Catalyst course. If so, that’s not a problem! The Catalyst Wednesday sessions are scheduled based on the time a course is offered. This means your Catalyst Wednesday sessions will not conflict with one another, since you can’t take more than one class per time slot. The Catalyst Wednesday block for each course will take place on the following two Wednesdays of the semester between 11:40am–4:10pm.

Catalyst block Class Meeting Times Weeks for Wednesday sessions
C1 M-F 12:40-2:20pm Weeks 3 and 10
C2 M-F 2:30-4:10pm Weeks 4 and 11
C3 T-Th 12:40-2:20pm Weeks 5 and 12
C4 T-Th 2:30-4:10pm Weeks 6 and 14


The following courses offer the Catalyst Wednesday block at least twice a semester.

Select advanced topics in biology offered on a rotating basis. Course may be taught offsite (for example at the Morton Aboretum). Some prerequisites, laboratory, or instructor's consent may be required. Multiple topics allow for course repeatability.

Problems, fields, and methods of sociology. Emphasis on a theoretical frame of reference to explain basic social processes, the role of culture in social behavior, the nature of social organization, and social and cultural change. Intensive reading in descriptive studies from a wide range of societies.

Influence of plants on human, economic, social, and political history, and the plants people have chosen to protect and cultivate. Numerous field trips include plant production facilities, bakery, commercial greenhouse, apple orchard, farm, and meetings with resource persons working with cultivated plants. Overnight field trip(s) and weekly lab included.

An introduction to ancient Christian communities belonging to the cultural heritage of the Middle East, and their legacies in Russia and Eastern Europe. Emphasis will be placed on the unity and diversity of their theological views, liturgical cultures and missionary histories that have shaped their present identities. The course will include guest lecturers from these communities and excursions to local churches in the Chicago area.

Systematic analysis of human movement. The integrated study of applied anatomy and applied mechanics to the analysis of movement. Movement terminology as well as muscular system function in sport will be studied.

This course examines the efforts to understand biological origins and diversity. Patterns and principles of biodiversity and the significance of diversity will be considered. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and process of evolution rather than on the products of evolution. The class will include lecture, discussion, and workshop elements.

An introduction to Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance patterns as well as molecular genetics and biotechnology. Lab included.

This course addresses the principles of management and leadership along with their historical underpinnings. The scope of the course includes managerial (i.e. planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) and leader (i.e. process, influence, context, attainment, shared experience) function and responsibility; effective and ethical manager and leader characteristics. Particular attention is paid to issues of gender and cultural diversity. Application of the above theory is practiced throughout the course in the form of project based teams, self-management activities, assessments, authentic leadership development, presentations, and introductory level scholarly research using APA (American Psychological Association) style for research writing.

Chicago as a case study of the urban political process as it relates to ward politics, patronage,ethnicity and race, education, housing, poverty, and crime. The rise and the decline of the Chicago Machine from Richard J. Daley to Richard M. Daley and its implications for the future of the "city that works" will be the central focus of the course.

Intermediate study of painting in both oils and acrylics. Study of the history of painting included.

Kinetic theory of gases and the elements of thermodynamics applied to physical and chemical systems, including solutions and reactions. Fundamentals of reactions kinetics, including the study of catalysis, reaction mechanisms, and transition state theory applied to unimolecular and bimolecular reactions. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

Introduction to applied statistical analysis. Descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics; concepts of population, sample, sampling distribution; elements of probability; parameters of discrete distributions; hypothesis testing: analysis of proportions, means, and variance; linear regression. Computer applications required. Cross-listed with MATH 1490.

The First-Year Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar focused on the classic philosophical question, Who am I?. Students gain an introduction to the educational experience at North Park and sharpen skills of oral and written communication. Student must pass the course with a minimum grade of C-. Prerequisite: WRIT 1000 with a minimum grade of C- or registration by placement.