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Biology Resource Center (formerly on the B/basement level)

NOTICE:  Winter Weather

Check here for updates on Help Room closures due to weather.  If Purdue classes are cancelled, the Help Room will also be closed.  Virtual Q&A (see below) will still be available.


Lilly Hall, room G-110

Down ONE level to the G/"ground" floor, down the long hallway, the room is approximately below the large lecture hall (LILY 1-105)


The other spaces formerly housed within the BRC do not currently have a replacement location:

TA Corner:  Check with your course syllabus/Brightspace to see where your course TA/TIs are holding office hours

Student Lounge: not available for the time being, we will post here if this space finds a new home

Computers:  a small number are available in the Biology Help Room space (G-110) during open times; outside of that, please see Purdue ITaP for available stations.




BIOLOGY HELP ROOM (G-110, New location!):  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 schedule above for finals week hours


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




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