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III. Policies: Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Subject name: Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Subject abbreviations: CHEM
  • Bibliographer: Barb Greenman
  • Other subject responsibilities: N/A
  • Address: 184 UCB, Science Library
  • Phone: 303-492-1859
  • Email: Barbara.Greenman@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
This fund supports the curriculum and research needs for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Department utilizes state-of-the-art experimental techniques and theory to provide a framework for the study and understanding of chemical and biological systems. There exists within the Department outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

A. Curricular emphasis
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides curricula and degrees in the study of undergraduate and graduate Chemistry and Biochemistry. Many students from other disciplines also study chemistry each year because it is central to many sciences.


B. Research emphasis
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry supports a wide-range of educational/research opportunities. Areas of study include: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry.


C. Level of Degrees granted
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the BA, MS, and PhD degrees.


D. Special Studies Programs
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials
Biology, Medicine, Geology, Engineering, Environmental Studies, History of Science, and Physics.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials
The chemical and environmental communities as well as educators.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
The approval plan from Blackwell-North American is the primary source for books. Special orders from faculty and book reviews also supplement the collection. Serial subscriptions are either with vendors or consortiums. Gifts-in-kind are accepted according to the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily English, but no language is excluded.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
A strong emphasis is placed on current materials. The history of chemistry is also considered significant.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Focusing primarily on North America and Europe.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Textbooks are acquired on a limited basis. Concentration is on upper division, research, and societal publications. Emphasis is placed on reference materials and peer reviewed journal literature. Biographies and subject histories are also important.


F. Types of Materials:
Books, conference proceedings, directories, reference materials (print and/or electronic), periodicals (print and/or electronic), encyclopedias, dictionaries, and electronic indexes considered basic for the discipline.


G. Date of Publication:
Primarily current materials, with limited retrospective purchasing.


H. Other General Considerations:
Chemistry collections are housed primarily at the Science Library located in Norlin Library. Most chemistry journals prior to 1980 are located in PASCAL, the University Libraries off-site storage facility in Denver. Print copies of serials and some reference works with good online archiving policies are being discontinued in favor of online access. Additional materials may be found in the Engineering Library, the Earth Sciences Library, and the Math/Physics Library.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class
General Library of Congress Classifications relevant to Chemistry and Biochemistry:

QD Chemistry
QD 1 Periodicals
QD 1-65 General Chemistry including Alchemy
QD 71-142 Analytical Chemistry
QD 146-197 Inorganic Chemistry
QD 241-441 Organic Chemistry
QD 281 Polymerization
QD 415-436 Biochemistry
QD 450-801 Physical & Theoretical Chemistry
QD 625-655 Radiation Chemistry
QD 701-731 Photochemistry
QD 901-999 Crystallography
RS 403 Medicinal Chemistry