Carleton has collected and digitized all their Academic Catalogues, dating back to 1867 when the college first opened. Using that information, we decided to display the major changes/shifts in Carleton’s science course offerings through an interactive timeline. TimelineJS enables people to build visually rich interactive timelines. It is short, but concise and captures not only the major events but also major occurrences. Using TimelineJS can we see the relationship between each major shift in Carleton’s ever-growing science field. In order to mark each major transition or shift, we went through the Carleton Academic Catalogues and read through each course offering per term, per class, and so on.

Our data represents the courses that were offered and no longer offered. It also contains the courses that grew in class interest, got moved to different departments, specified as its own major, and noted the different buildings that were constructed solely for the purpose of science use in a Google spreadsheet. Once the data was noted, the data was then placed into the spreadsheet that thoroughly observed the academic catalogues and later transferred to the spreadsheet provided by TimelineJS. The photos seen on the timeline are collected from the Carleton College Academic Catalogues.

Through this timeline, we hope that those who are curious about how time has changed the way education has shaped the science field will gain some insight. It should also shed some light on how much our education is geared to the scientific field based on the numerous construction of science buildings and growing science collections.