This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.
Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is the preferred subject scheme for future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.
|P||Mathematics and science…
Do not use “P” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section P below
See also: VSN “Adult numeracy guides and handbooks”
|PD||Science: general issues…
|PG||Astronomy, space and time…
For popular astronomy, use WNX “Popular astronomy and space”; for astrophysics, use PHVB “Astrophysics”; for space travel and exploration, see TTD “Space science”
For experimental techniques, use PDN “Scientific equipment, experiments and techniques” plus appropriate PH* code
For laboratory technique and experiments, use PDN “Scientific equipment, experiments and techniques” plus appropriate PN* code. See also: TDC “Industrial chemistry”. For environmental chemistry, see TQ “Environmental science, engineering and technology and following”
|PS||Biology, life sciences…
See also: WN “Natural history” and following
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