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Physics, Engineering and Astronomy Collection Development Guidelines: Collection Development Plan

Physics, Engineering and Astronomy Collection Development Plan

Program Description:

The Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy facilitates the exploration of fundamental scientific principles and the practical application of these concepts into fields such as electronics, optics, communications, aerospace, astrophysics, and medicine. Students are supported by a versatile and interdisciplinary approach that allows them not only to solve complex real-world problems, but also to be well-prepared for the continuation on to graduate study. 

Accrediting body:


Degrees offered:

B.S. Physics

B.S. Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics

B.S.E. Engineering Physics

Minor in Physics

Minor in Astronomy

Overall Collecting Level Desired:

3: Instructional Support (see description of collecting levels)

Target Areas:

  • Modern Physics
  • History of Physics and Astronomy
  • High Energy Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Mechanical Engineering and Control Systems
  • Raman Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Programming Languages
  • Engineering Physics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Optics
  • Computational Physics
  • Electrical Engineering

Focus Areas:

  • Materials Science 
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Solid State Physics 
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Parallel and High-Performance Computing

Related Subject Areas

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology



Geographical Emphasis:


Chronological Emphasis:


Noted Publishers:

Springer, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group

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:


Review Sources:

Choice Reviews Online

Collection Levels by LC Subject Subdivisions

LC Subject Subdivisions
Call # Ranges Subject Collection Level
QB 1-999 Astronomy, general 3
BD 493-701 Cosmology 3
CE 1-97 Technical Chronology. Calendar 1
ML 3800-3923 Philosophy and Physics of Music 2
QA 75.5-76.95 Computer Science. Electronic Data Processing 3
QA 299.6-433 Analysis Including Analytical Methods Connected with Physical Problems 3
QA 801-939 Analytical Mechanics 3
QC 1-999 Physics, general 3
QD 146-197 Inorganic Chemistry 2
TA 349-359 Mechanics of Engineering and Applied Mechanics 3
TA 401-492 Materials of Engineering and Construction 2
TA 1501-1820 Applied Optics. Lasers 3
TK 1-9971 Electrical Engineering. Electronics 3
TP 1080-1185 Polymers 3


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