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Biology Collection Development Guidelines: Collection Development Plan

Biology Collection Development Plan

Program Description:

The Department of Biology provides an intellectual and motivational environment where students can build their skill set to become competent and compassionate individuals while working toward careers in biology. Students can pursue training in field biology and zoology, animal and plant physiology, microbiology, and environmental assessment. 

Accrediting body:


Degrees offered:

B.S. Biology

B.S. Biology with Professional Education minor

M.S. Biology (Thesis and Non-Thesis option)

Minor in Biology

Overall Collecting Level Desired:

3: Instructional Support (see description of collecting levels)

Target Areas:

  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Cell Biology
  • Systematics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Organismal physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Environmental education

Focus Areas:

  • Conservation biology
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Plant systematics
  • Biofuels

Related Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry



Geographical Emphasis:

North America and World.

Chronological Emphasis:


Noted Publishers:


Preferred Dates of Publication:

2009 - present 

Types of Resources:

monographs, handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, anthologies, videos; textbooks may be considered for information not readily obtainable elsewhere

Notes and Other Considerations:

Elementary and secondary teachers and students, as well as extended education programs use the collection. 

Review Sources:

Choice Reviews Online

Collection Levels by LC Subject Subdivisions

LC Subject Subdivisions
Call # Ranges Subject Collection Level
  Natural History  
QH 1-278.5 General 3
QH 75-77.3 Nature Conservation. Landscape Protection. Biodiversity Conservation. Endangered Species and Ecosystems. Habitat Conservation. Ecosystem Management. Conservation Biology 3
QH 82-82.3 Edible Plants and Animals. Wild Food Gathering 2
QH 84-199.5 Geographical Distribution. Biogeography. Phylogeography 3
QH 201-278.5 Microscopy 2
QH 301-705.5 General 3
QH 315-320 Study and Teaching. Research 3
QH 426-470 Genetics 3
QH 471-489 Reproduction 2
QH 501-531 Life 2
QH 540-549.5 Ecology 3
QH 573-671 Cytology 3
QH 705 Economic Biology 3
QK 1-639 Botany  
QK 640-673 Plant Anatomy 3
QK 710-899 Plant Physiology 3
QK 900-989 Plant Ecology 3
QL 1-739.8 Zoology 3
QL 750-799.5 Animal Behavior 3
QL 801-950.95 Anatomy 3
QL 951-991 Embryology 2
  Human Anatomy  
QM 1-695 Human Anatomy 3
QP 1-363.5 Physiology 3
QP 364-495 Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology 2
QP 501-801 Animal Biochemistry 2
QP 901-981 Experimental Pharmacology 2
QR 1-74 Microbiology, general 3
QR 74.5 Protista 2
QR 74.8-99 Bacteria 3
QR 100-177 Microbial Ecology, Microbiological Chemistry, Microorganisms, Virulence, and Drug Resistance  3
QR 180-189.5 Immunology 2
QR 335-500 Virology 2


Contact Information

Department of Biology

Subject Librarian:
Scott Shumate

Faculty Representative:
Dr. Carol Baskauf

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