Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Subject: Earth & Planetary Sciences
Date Revised:April 16, 2014
Subject Librarian: Clara McLeod
1. General purpose:
To support the research and teaching activities of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, including 100 and 200 level courses that many undergraduates need to fulfill graduation requirements in the sciences. Research is funding by NASA, NSF, DOE and other sources.
Students enter programs offering the bachelor, master or doctoral degrees. Undergraduates can major and minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences and in Environmental Earth Sciences. Graduate programs in Earth and Planetary Sciences are offered leading to the master’s and doctoral degrees, but graduate students enter the Ph.D. graduate program. The interdisciplinary nature of earth sciences allows undergraduates with backgrounds in chemistry, physics, math, and engineering to apply for admission to the graduate program. The department emphasizes interdisciplinary links among geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, and planetary sciences. The department has strong connections to other departments in Arts & Sciences (anthropology, biology, physics) and to the Washington University School of Medicine and School of Engineering. It also has a strong relationship with the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences.
U.S. News and World Report (2006) reports that our department is the smallest national ranked department in earth sciences, geophysics, and geochemistry. The department brochure states that the department has an integrated program of instruction and research that treats Earth as a planet and makes direct use of knowledge gained by exploring the solar system.
The EPSc Department consists of 16 Full-time tenure track faculty, 4 Research Faculty and Professors, 7 post-docs, 33 graduate students, and 42 undergraduates – 19 majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPSc) and 23 majoring in Environmental Earth Sciences (EES). (2013 statistics)
2. Subjects excluded:
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
4. Languages included and excluded:
Primarily English although the collection contains older materials in German and French.Current materials are collected only in English.
5. Geographical limitations:
None. Particular attention to areas where faculty have research interests.
6. Chronological limits:
7. Retrospective acquisition:
Replacement of lost and older materials when requested by faculty.Materials needed to support new courses and research areas. Current requests to get digital subscriptions to GSA special publications and AAPG special publications.
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
9. Other factors to consider:
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels (Collecting levels at 3 or 4 unless otherwise noted):
G: Geography (General)
GA: Mathematical geography. Cartography
GB: Physical geography
GE: Environmental sciences
QH Natural History-Biology
TA: Engineering (General) Civil Engineering (General)
TC Hydraulic Engineering
TD: Environmental Technology
TN: Mining engineering. Metallurgy
TP: Chemical Technology