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III. Policies: EPOB

  • Subject name: Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology
  • Subject abbreviations: EPOB
  • Bibliographer: Suzanne Larsen
  • Other subject responsibilities: General Science; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Museum and Field Studies; Psychology; and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
  • Address: 184 UCB, Science Library
  • Phone: 303-492-4611
  • Email: Suzanne.Larsen@colorado.edu

I. Purpose: The department of EPOB teaches a broad range of knowledge and awareness in the diversity of living organisms, cellular structures, and processes. Doctoral students usually go on to teach biology or to conduct research in private or government laboratories.

A. Curricular emphasis:
General studies are reviewed for genetics, physiology, anatomy, neurobiology, and ecological studies at different levels. Proper approaches to the Scientific Method and data analysis are presented along with the relevance of mathematics, chemistry and physics as they relate to and/or are utilized in biology. Observations are made to formulate hypotheses from which experiments are created to test hypotheses and reach conclusions based on biological data. From the knowledge gained and the experiments undertaken, the EPOB student needs to articulate in oral and written formats his or her knowledge of biology, biological methods, and biological thought.


B. Research Emphasis:
Evolution, Behavior, Morphology, Physiology, Systematics, Ecology, Aquatic Biology, Population Biology, Genetics, Neurobiology, and Microbiology.


C. Level of Degrees Granted:
BA, MA, PhD. In addition, a combined BA/MA degree can be earned in a five year program for the ambitious undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


D. Special Studies Programs:
Students interested in continuing their training as professional biologists can complete the MA I program. An MA II program that does not require a thesis is offered to students interested in obtaining a greater knowledge of biology. A degree in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program between several departments including EPOB.


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Psychology, Kinesiology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Education, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Speech Pathology, Museum, and Environmental Studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
University Museum, University Herbarium, The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), the Institute of Behavioral Genetics (IBG), The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), The Mountain Research Station, The Alpine Field Laboratory, Center for Limnology, Center for Astrobiology, and Science Discovery.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Biochemical and biopharmaceutical companies, state agencies (i.e. departments of health and the environment), hospitals/physicians, medical libraries, educators, and Interlibrary Loan.


H. Other Considerations:
The sciences are strongly cross-disciplinary. Materials peripheral to EPOB such as bioengineering, consumer health, or the administration of biological programs are covered in a limited capacity. Materials directly related to teaching or history of biology are collected exhaustively. Most agricultural materials are generally not considered for acquisition; however, materials in plant and animal culture, forestry, aquaculture, fisheries, wildlife management, and game protection are acquired selectively.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan for books from Blackwell North America's Book Services. Special orders from faculty requests and reviews. Serial subscriptions with vendors, including consortium contracts. Solicited and unsolicited publisher catalogs and advertisements. Gifts-in-kind are accepted according to the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily English. Some multilingual materials are acquired as needed. Historical documents are usually in the language of origin.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
A strong emphasis is placed on current materials beginning with the latter part of the 20th century. Nonetheless, older literature even from ancient times is acquired as needed (e.g. a medieval bestiary was purchased for Special Collections as a historical document).


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Primarily North American, South American, and European biological communities. The literature on world plant and animal populations is acquired as needed.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Campus textbooks are not acquired. Textbook-type materials will be acquired on a limited basis depending on usefulness and quality. Undergraduate materials are acquired on a limited basis. Emphasis is placed on research and reference materials, particularly peer reviewed journal literature. Popular treatments are collected on a restricted basis and are targeted for the non-biology student population.


F. Types of Materials:
Primary indexes and abstracts for biology are online. The printed indexes being received are highly specialized and limited in scope. Reference materials take the highest priority followed by the serial/journal literature particularly from biological societies, and finally the monographic literature. All formats are received including electronic (for example: online books), CDs, microforms, print, audio and video. All CU-B Master's theses are obtained from the EPOB department. Doctoral dissertations might be acquired but most are held by University Microfilms International. Government and international documents related to biology are held in Government Publications. The microform documents held in the Science Library for EPOB are extensive. They are primarily serials and historic monographs. Audio and video materials are acquired very selectively.


G. Date of Publication:
Emphasis is on acquiring current documents within the last ten years. Unless classic, historic, or a biological journal, earlier materials may be difficult to obtain as they go out-of-print quickly.


H. Other General Considerations:
In general, the EPOB library collection is held in the Science Library located in Norlin Library. A few materials are held in the Museum and Herbarium. Serials and theses prior to 1979 and lesser used materials are held in the PASCAL off-site storage facility located in Denver. Audio and video materials are located in the Media Library. Outdated audio and video formats that cannot be replaced in a newer format (i.e. LPs of bird calls and/or sounds of nature) are held in PASCAL. Microform collections are housed in the Science Library. Online materials can be accessed by any patron on site. Secondary materials that might duplicate holdings at other CU libraries, particularly the Health Center Medical Library, are not usually collected. Print copies of serials and some reference works with good online archiving policies are being discontinued in favor of online access only.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class
The Library of Congress subject classification system does not work well to consolidate collections relevant to the biological sciences in one location. Collections are scattered in diverse if not disparate call number ranges. Below is a general outline of the various LC subject classes relevant to the biological sciences:

GC 1-1581 Oceanography

GE 1-350 Environmental Sciences


QE 1-996.5 Paleozoology and Paleobotany (evolution)

QH 1-278.5 Natural History (general)

QH 75-77 Nature Conservation

QH 201-278.5 Microscopy

QH 301-705 Biology (general)

QH 426-470 Genetics

QH 471-489 Reproduction

QH 501-531 Life

QH 540-549 Ecology (general, animal, and human)

QH 573-671 Cytology

QH 705 Economic Biology

QK1-989 Botany (plant anatomy, physiology, and ecology)

QL 1-700 Zoology (general)

QL 750-795 Animal Behavior and Animal Psychology

QL 799 Morphology

QL 801-950.9 Anatomy

QL 951-991 Embryology

QM 1-600 Human Anatomy

QM 601-695 Human Embryology

QP 1-300 Physiology (general)

QP 341-495 Neurophysiology / Neuropsychology

QP 501-801 Animal Biochemistry

QP 901-981 Experimental Pharmacology

QR 1-74 Microbiology (general)

QR 75-99 Bacteria

QR 180-189.5 Immunology

QR 355-500 Virology


R 1-920 Medicine (general)

RC 952-954.5 Neurology and psychiatry

RC 1200-1245 Sports Medicine

RE 1-994Ophthalmology (eyes)

RF 1-547 Otorhinolaryngology (ears, nose, throat)

RV 1-431 Botanic Medicine


S 1-954 Agriculture (general)

SB 1-1119 Plant Culture

SD 1-668 Forestry

SF 1-1110 Animal Culture

SH 1-691 Aquaculture. Fisheries.

SK 351-579 Wildlife Management


TA 166-167 Human Engineering

TD 172-196 Environmental Protection

TD 201-500 Environmental Pollution