Facilities & Services



The Department of Biology has offices and laboratories located in five buildings near the center of the main College Station campus: Butler Hall, Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE) and Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW), Heldenfels, and the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building.

Our Administrative Offices, including the office of the Department Head, the Business Office, the Undergraduate Advising Office, and the Graduate Advising Office can be found on the first floor of Butler Hall.

The Biology Safety Office is also located in Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW).


Within the Biology Department we have the Biology Service Centers.  These centers support both the teaching and research mission of the Department.  Below is a list of the current services and rates:

Biology Service Center Rates [PDF]

Biology Stockroom | Bioaquatics Facility | Biology Instrument Shop | Biology IT Services (BITS) 

Vivarium | Plant Care Services | Dishwashing/Sterilization Services

Departmental Stockroom

The Department of Biology’s Stockroom serves the laboratory supply needs of our department. Purchases by other departments on the Texas A&M campus are available through interdepartmental transfers. Stockroom Flyer


The Stockroom is located in room 101 in Biological Sciences Building East

Stockroom Personnel:
Susan Reed, sreed@bio.tamu.edu

Stockroom Hours:

Monday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – noon
Friday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Oligonucleotide Orders:

Starting April 1st, 2017 the Biology Stockroom has taken over the Oligonucleotide Orders previously handled by the GTL.  You can connect to the Biology portal of IDT’s website directly to place your order.  Just go to the site, use your existing account or if a new lab create a new account, and begin ordering.  Make sure you use this account every time you order from IDT.

** There is a 48 hour turnaround for orders received by 3 p.m. Orders are available to pickup in the Stockroom. **

Shipping Information

There are 3 ways to ship items in and out of the Department of Biology.:

  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
  • UPS
  • Fedex

USPS & Fedex both have dropoffs and pickups for items under 150 lbs in Butler Hall room 100. Call 845-7747 for more information.

UPS pickup and dropoff is only through the Biology Stockroom in 101 BSBE for items under 150 lbs. Call 845-0437  for more information.

***FOR ITEMS OVER 150 lbs*****

Items over 150 lbs CANNOT be delivered to the stockroom.

Large items or items on large palettes must go through Central Receiving at TAMU, they cannot be taken in or stored by the Biology Stockroom.

If you are expecting to purchase and ship a large item please read the instructions below in their entirety.

Packages over 150 lbs must be sent to Central Receiving during the ordering process. This will involve an extra fee for movers to get your delivery to your exact building room, however if Central Receiving & Movers are not contacted ahead of time the fee is larger from attempted delivery on campus that is unsuccessful.

Follow the list below to ensure your shipment is received correctly.

  • Contact Central Receiving to find out if they can receive your order, their phone number is 5-4624
  • When placing your order be sure to put Central Receiving as the Delivery Address
    • Their address is 1130 TAMU or 330 Agronomy Rd, College Station, TX, 77843
  • Contact a moving company (Biology typically uses Mac Movers, phone: 204-1629) and verify they can move your item from Central Receiving to your desired location
    • Have your item weight and dimensions ready for them
  • Once all have been contacted and your shipment is verified, email Susan Reed & Denise Valero to notify them of your impending delivery.

Bioaquatics Facility

The Bioaquatics Facility, housed on the first floor of the Biological Sciences Building East on the main campus of Texas A&M University, provides the Department of Biology with a modern, centralized, aquatic animal care facility. It enables the Biology Department to provide excellent care for the diverse species kept for research (fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, mollusks, and cnidarians) and teaching (amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates). Opened in September of 1989 and recently renovated, the Facility comprises over 2300 square feet of animal holding space, five research laboratories, offices for faculty and graduate students, a centralized feed and storage area, recirculating air and water supply systems, and public displays. Collections of fish and invertebrates located in two adjacent buildings (Butler and Heldenfels Halls) are used in teaching. Other research animals (fish, crustaceans and reptiles) are housed in Butler Hall and BSBW.

Most of the Facility is devoted to animal holding rooms. There are twelve animal rooms in BSBE. The facility staff includes a BioAquatics Animal Resource Supervisor and several student workers. The BioAquatics Staff observe the animals daily and ensure that the facility and animal programs follow all federal and university guidelines for proper animal care. In 1990, the animal care programs in the Facility received official recognition of our excellence in the form of accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). The Facility is inspected by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) twice a year and every three years by AAALAC . The BioAquatics Facility has maintained the high standards set by both these agencies.

Biology Instrument Shop

The Department of Biology Instrument Shop serves the research and teaching equipment repair needs of our department. Our services and parts are available to other departments on the Texas A&M campus through interdepartmental transfers.  They also do a myriad of other basic design, repair, consulting, and planned maintenance operations.

The Biology Instrument Shop is located in Room 429 in Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW)

The Biology Instrument Shop personnel have over 33 years combined experience on most research instrumentation. They are skilled in the following Technologies: Electronics, Spectrophotometric, Electro mechanical, Vacuum, Environmental Control systems, Refrigeration, Robotics, Sterilization, custom Plexiglass fabrication.


Victor Johnson, Instrument Shop Research Specialist
cell: 979-324-2937


High Throughput Screening (HTS) Drug Screening Lab

Microscopy and Imaging Center

For additional facilities on campus, please refer to the Genetics’ 2016-17 TAMU Core Facilities guide.