Who We Are
The Department of Biology is responsible for research and teaching within the vast disciplines of the biological sciences, from molecular cell biology to ecology and evolutionary biology. Our faculty perform cutting-edge research in a wide array of biological sciences in the laboratory and in the field. Our graduate research programs prepare scientists for careers in academia, industry and government and enhance our understanding of the central role of biological systems in the global environment. Our undergraduate students gain a firm foundation in modern biological sciences to prepare them for a multitude of careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology.

The Department of Biology recognizes that just as diversity in natural populations of organisms contributes to their ability to survive, thrive, and adapt diversity also enriches our community of scholars.  Therefore, we are dedicated to building a culturally broad and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to teaching, working, and learning in an environment that is supportive of all members of our department.

Research in the Department of Biology
Basic biological research has evolved into a broad, fast-paced and dynamic profession that drives newly emerging industries and actively shapes many human endeavors. Both globally and locally, cutting-edge research at Texas A&M University strives to understand the fundamental processes driving life around us and to improve the ways people everywhere manage their health and the health of our planet.

Graduate Education in Biology
Our Graduate Program in Biology offers a diverse range of integrative training opportunities for students seeking a Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences. We offer training in multiple disciplines within Biology, including Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Neurobiology and Behavior, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Biological Clocks, and Physiology and Systems Biology. All students in our program receive rigorous academic training in biology and carry out their research in competitive, state-of-the-art research labs. Many faculty research programs span multiple research areas and levels of biological organization, creating a dynamic training environment for graduate students. Evolutionary theory sets the stage for many cross-disciplinary research collaborations among our diverse faculty. Our graduate students conduct creative, independent research and scholarship. Graduates of our programs prepare themselves for a wide range of career opportunities and gain positions in academic institutions, government agencies, and industry.

Department of Biology
Graduate Advising
Butler Hall, Room 102
979-845-7755

Undergraduate Education in Biology
The Department of Biology is responsible for introducing biological principles to students in every Texas A&M University major. We provide modern and comprehensive B.S. and B.A. curricula in Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology and Zoology for more than 1500 undergraduate biology majors. These degrees prepare students for various life science careers and are an excellent entrée to the health care professions. If you are interested in pursuing a major in one of our disciplines, or if you are currently a student and would like information on courses or the program, we have excellent undergraduate advisors who will be happy to help you.

Department of Biology
Undergraduate Advising
Butler Hall, Room 107
979-845-3116

Departmental Administration

The Department Head:

Dr. Tom McKnight In addition to the usual teaching, research and service functions that all faculty have, the Biology Department Head is our administrative leader; he makes budgetary decisions, decides the direction the department will take on many issues and interacts with upper administration on behalf of all of the Biology faculty, staff and students.

3258 TAMU
Biological Sciences Building East
Room 202C

Butler 100B
College Station, TX 77843-3258
Office: 979-845-3896
Lab: 979-845-6749
Fax: 979-845-2891
Email: mcknight@bio.tamu.edu

Dr. Thomas McKnight, TAMU Biology

The Graduate Advisor: Dr. Arne Lekven is the faculty member tasked with directing our graduate student programs. He actively recruits new graduate students each year. Along with the graduate coordinator, he guides graduate students through the administrative steps involved in completing advanced degrees, matches teaching assistants (TAs) to appropriate courses, and serves as an ombudsman when issues arise.

3258 TAMU
Biological Sciences Building East
Room 118B
College Station, TX 77843-3258
Office: 979-458-3461
Fax: 979-845-2891
Email: alekven@bio.tamu.edu

Dr. Arne Lekven, TAMU Biology

Undergraduate Advising: The offices of the Undergraduate Advisors are located in Butler Hall room 107. The advisors will help students register for classes as well as process changes to majors, course drops and other adjustments to student transcripts.

Lower Division Instruction: The Biology Lower Division Instruction Programs encompass a series of lab courses offered in the biological sciences. Many of these courses are open to students in any major to cover their science requirements. The Biology Lower Division Program office is located in Heldenfels Hall room 315.

The Main Administrative Office: The main administrative office serves as a “control room” for the Department of Biology. Payroll, Business Services, and the offices of the Department Head and Associate Department Head are located here.

Butler Hall Room 100
phone: (979)845-7747
fax: (979)845-2891
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
3258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3258

Departmental Location
Please come and visit us!  The Department of Biology has offices and laboratories located in four closely associated buildings near the center of the main College Station campus, plus one building on the west side of main campus. Our Administrative Offices including the office of the Department Head, the Undergraduate Advising Office and the Graduate Advising Office can be found on the first floor of Butler Hall. Also located in Butler Hall are several faculty offices, research labs and conference rooms. The basement floor of Butler Hall houses teaching labs.

Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE) and Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW) primarily contain research labs and faculty offices. However, several specialized laboratories are located in these two buildings including the Laboratory for Functional Genomics,and The Gene Technologies Laboratory. Biology Equipment Support Services, Biology Information Technology Services, and Safety Office can also be found in BSBW. The Department Stockroom, Plant Research Facilities and Aquatic Animal Research Facilities are located in BSBE.

The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building contains research labs, faculty offices, and The Microscopy and Imaging Center

The Lower Division Instruction Program is located on the third floor of Heldenfels. Here, too, are many of the Department of Biology teaching laboratories and offices for lecturers and staff.