Biology at Texas A&M University

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.


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.

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.

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.

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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.


The Department of Biology’s outreach committee is responsible for developing and maintaining outreach projects, such as STEM events at local schools, in the Bryan-College Station area. Over the last few years, the outreach committee has created a sustainable program by meeting with schools in the area to assess need, obtaining resources for experiments, and collaborating with other departments. For more information please visit out Biology Outreach page.

If you would like to join out listserv and get involved with future events, you can sign up by emailing, and in the body, you will write SUBSCRIBE biologyoutreach firstname lastname. Or, if you would like to contact us, please email us at


Elected Committees

Name Dates
Bruce Riley (chair) 9/01/2016-8/31/2019
Larry Griffing 9/01/2019-8/31/2021
Heath Blackmon 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Beiyan Nan 9/01/2016-8/31/2019
Kira Delmore 9/01/2019-8/31/2021
Joe Sorg 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Zhaolan Ding student rep
Rene Garcia ex officio
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Name Dates
Matt Sachs (chair) 9/01/2018-8/31/2019
Hongmin Qin 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Michael Smotherman 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Joe Sorg 9/01/2016-8/31/2020
Larry Griffing 9/01/2019-8/31/2020
Jennifer Bradford program coordinator
Kristen Consalvo student rep
Rene Garcia ex officio
Name Dates
Kathy Ryan (chair) 9/01/2016-8/31/2019
Karl Aufderheide 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Andy Tag 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Duncan MacKenzie
Christine Farris director of UPO
Wayne Versaw ex officio

Faculty Senate

Charles Criscione
Ira Greenbaum

Appointed Committees

Will Bailey Tom McKnight
Deb Bell-Pedersen Bruce Riley
Jennifer Bradford Gil Rosenthal
Rene Garcia Wayne Versaw
Richard Gomer Mark Zoran
Lieu Jean
Name Dates
Deb Bell-Pedersen (chair)
Gil Rosenthal 1/01/2016-12/31/2018
Mark Zoran 1/01/2017-12/31/2020
Rene Garcia 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Mary Wicksten 9/01/2015-8/31/2017
Bruce Riley Barbara Earnest
Stacy Stoops Mike Smotherman
Mark Zoran
Deb Bell-Pedersen Lieu Jean
Rene Garcia Alan Pepper
Richard Gomer Bruce Riley
Ira Greenbaum
David Reed (chair) Matt Sachs
Rodolfo Aramayo Debby Siegele
John Book
Alan Pepper (chair)
Amy Boedeker
Wayne Versaw
Rita Moyes (chair)
Camy Sturdivant
Denise Valero
Richard Gomer (chair) Bruce Riley
Rene Garcia Gil Rosenthal
Joe Sorg
Debby Siegele (chair) McKensie Daugherty
John Book David Reed
Jennifer Bradford Gil Rosenthal
Debby Siegele (chair)
David Reed
Will Bailey
Mike Smotherman
Victor Johnson
Wayne Versaw


Department of Biology Policies

Texas A&M University Policies

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Joint Program Coordinator Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Program (EEB) and Applied Biodiversity Science Program (ABS)

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program (EEB) and the Applied Biodiversity Science program (ABS) at Texas A&M University are seeking a full-time joint Program Coordinator. This PhD-level coordinator position is a hub for the EEB and ABS programs. S/he will become a central communicator and facilitator for faculty, students, and the international network, and be engaged in the research and teaching missions of these programs. The position supports opportunities for research and professional development and is appropriate for postdocs. The position is based in the College Station campus. EEB is an interdisciplinary program that offers a Ph.D. in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We offer a world-class training program that incorporates many fields relevant to EEB, spanning from evolutionary genomics to animal behavior to landscape ecology. Our faculty and students are spread over 11 departments and seven colleges across Texas A&M University, bringing together a diverse array of perspectives in the study of EEB.

The ABS Program is a multidisciplinary graduate training program. ABS promotes integrative research in biological and social sciences applied to biodiversity conservation around the world, including the US, Latin America, and Africa. Faculty and students spread over nine departments and five colleges.
More about this position here.