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Biology Resource Center

Lilly Hall, enter through Rm B-401

Includes: Biology Help Room (B-404B), TA corner, Student Lounge, conference table nook, photo lab/quiet room (B-404A), and student organization offices.


SPRING 2021 Services Announcement: 

The Biology Resource Center physical space will be continue to be CLOSED for Spring 2021 due to COVID precautions, except for scheduled times when specifc course TA/TIs are holding office hours in the TA Corner, and if/when the Help Room Tutors schedule in-person hours.  


BIOLOGY HELP ROOM (B-404B):  tutors for first and second year biology coursework

Physical location (limited hours Spring 2021): enter from the hallway through B-401, walk forward into the larger open space of B-404, then turn left and go past the computer counter, Student Lounge, and Conference Nook to find the door to B-404B (door will be open if Tutor is currently on shift).

As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biology Help Room services are primarily available in an online format, using Piazza.

If you wish to join the Piazza site to seek coaching and guidance from our Biology Help Room Tutors, please CLICK HERE.  (NOTE: to connect with your specific course TA/TI staff, please see your course-specific syllabi and announcements) 

We anticipate having some in-person times available, please check here for further information as time goes on.



The Biology Help Room serves the academic needs of all undergraduates with particular attention paid to first and second year students.  The mission of the BRC is to improve the academic performance of all students by providing excellent tutoring services and resources directed toward the following goals: 

1) Improve learning and study skills, particularly in Biology courses
2) Encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in Biology Sciences

The Biology Help Room is staffed by 8 to 10 selected Junior and Senior level Biology Students each semester. The Help Room is a great place for getting all kinds of help and just to hang out and study.  Additionally, we offer selected hours when a BRC tutor who speaks Mandarin Chinese is available to assist when needed.  See signage in the Biology Help Room for times.

We Offer:

Tutorial assistance in introductory core courses:
110 - Fundamentals of Biology I
111 - Fundamentals of Biology II
121 – Diversity, Ecology and Behavior
131 – Development, Structure and Function of Organisms
135 – First-Year Biology Laboratory, aka “Boot Camp for Biology”
231-232 – Cell Structure and Function & Laboratory
241-242 – Genetics and Molecular Biology & Laboratory
286 – Introduction to Ecology and Evolution


Tutorial Assistance in other introductory Biology courses is also offered

Also available in the Biology Help Room:

Core course syllabi
Course outlines, texts and other reading material
Faculty handouts
Graduate school literature
Peterson's Guide to Job Opportunities in the Engineering and Science Field
Peterson's Guide to Graduate Schools in the Biological Sciences
Research Theses from Honors Research Students
Peterson's Guide to Internships





T.A. CORNER (B-404, look for sign in corner): Once on-campus instruction resumes, see schedule posted in BRC or on the calendar below

T.A.s for specific courses sometimes hold their office hours in the BRC, in an open area called the "T.A. Corner."  T.A.s are there to work with their specific course, but if you need assistance with a different course, please go to the Biology Help Room listed above.  If multiple courses are holding office hours in the BRC, T.A.’s might be located in either the conference table nook (behind the half-wall, just outside the Biology Help Room door) or in the entry hallway to B401, across from the student organization offices.


STUDENT LOUNGE (B-404: seating area and counter-top computers)

CLOSED for Fall 2020/Spring 2021

In normal times, the Student Lounge is open 24/7.  Please treat the furniture with respect and clean up after yourself.  

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BRC space reservations: 

Here is a calendar of events in the BRC area IN ADDITION to the regularly scheduled Biology Help Room hours above.  If you wish to schedule an event in the BRC (such as T.A. office hours or a study session), please send an e-mail request to  You will be sent a confirmation if your event/office hour is approved based on what is already scheduled.  If multiple events are requested for the same time and one group is small (<12), that event may be assigned to the conference room nook.  Include the following in your e-mail:

* Course number ("BIOL 231")
* Event leader/contact person
* Date(s)/time(s) needed (start and end time), include any recurrence
* Expecting large or small (<12) group

TAC = T.A. Corner
CONF = Conference table nook (behind half-wall of student lounge area)
SIDE = B-401 entryway, sidebar desk across from student organization offices

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