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
PS Biology, life sciences
See also: WN “Natural history” and following
PSA Life sciences: general issues
PSB Biochemistry
PSC Developmental biology
PSD Molecular biology
PSF Cellular biology (cytology)
PSG Microbiology (non-medical)
PSP Hydrobiology
PSQ Mycology, fungi (non-medical)
PST Botany and plant sciences
PSV Zoology and animal sciences
PSX Human biology

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