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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 2022 Services Announcement: 

Help Room Tutoring during FINALS WEEK (May 1-6): Please see the calendar below for special hours of the Biology Help Room during Finals Week.  Sunday 1-4pm shift will now be VIRTUAL, see info below for Campuswire instructions.  Apologies if you showed up to a locked Lilly Hall!

For course-specific TA/TIs: Please see your course announcements for if/when your course TAs/TIs are available for assistance.  The BRC does not have current information.


The Biology Resource Center physical space is OPEN.  The Student Lounge space is open 24/7.  BRC Printing is currently NOT available due to technological challenges.  Please see HERE for information on ITaP printing options.


BIOLOGY HELP ROOM (B-404B):  Tutors for first and second year biology coursework (tutors are NOT directly connected to the courses, they are upper class students who were successful when THEY took those courses)

IMPORTANT: we are currently available both in-person and virtually.  If we need to switch to fully virtual services due to COVID-19 concerns, we will post that here.


IN-PERSON: Monday-Friday  9:30am - 2:30pm  **during the regular Fall/Spring semesters, when classes are in session; see calendar below for finals week hours

Physical location: 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).


VIRTUAL Q&A:  Click HERE to join the 'Biology Help Room' Campuswire, search under "Groups", use code 3747.  

  • Response time will vary: during daytime hours--expect a response within a few hours; late evening and overnight--response may not happen until the next morning
  • FIRST TIME USERS: you will need to create a free account and log in before you can search for the Biology Help Room group
    • "Sign in" link in upper right corner > "Sign up" for an account


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): see schedule 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)

The Student Lounge is now OPEN during daytime hours.  Please keep noise levels under control if TA's are holding office hours or other students are trying to study.

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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