BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

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

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
P Mathematics and science
Do not use “P” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section P below
PB Mathematics
See also: VSN “Adult numeracy guides and handbooks”
PBB Philosophy of mathematics
PBC Mathematical foundations
PBD Discrete mathematics
Class here: finite mathematics
PBF Algebra
PBG Groups and group theory
PBH Number theory
PBJ Pre-calculus
PBK Calculus and mathematical analysis
PBM Geometry
PBP Topology
PBT Probability and statistics
PBU Optimization
PBV Combinatorics and graph theory
PBW Applied mathematics
See also: TBJ “Maths for engineers”; PDE “Maths for scientists”; UYAM “Maths for computer scientists”
PBX History of mathematics

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