University Listservs


A listserv is an automated system to manage electronic mailing lists. People can subscribe to a listserv, and any messages that are sent to the listserv are then automatically forwarded to all of the listserv's subscribers. Many listserv systems also provide features for file transfers, archiving, and indexing.

The College of Science and Engineering, and several of its departments and organizations, use listservs extensively to communicate information among its members. For example, the College's "scitech-list" is frequently used to distribute announcements and meeting notices to the College faculty and staff, as well as house discussions on curricular issues and other topics. All faculty and staff within the College are expected to be subscribers to this listserv.

This document identifies many of the listservs that are run by the College, the steps needed to subscribe or unsubscribe from a listserv, and information about how you can get a listserv for your organization or course.

How do I know what listservs there are

For a complete and updated list of all listservs, Please go to:

How to add or remove yourself from a listserv

To subscribe to one of these listservs, send email with a subject line of "subscribe" to the "-request" address for the listserv. For gisso-list, the request address is

The -request address of each listserv is used for administrative requests such as subscribing and unsubscribing that shouldn't be sent to the full list of subscribers on the list. To unsubscribe from a listserv, send an email with a subject line of "unsubscribe" to the listserv's -request address.

Of course, if you want help with listserv subscription on lists, you can always send email to

Other College listservs

Besides the College and departmental listservs listed above, there are a large number of other listservs. Some other faculty-oriented listservs:

cosc-list - Computer Science Program
mathannounce-list - Mathematics Program
esci-list - Environmental Science Program

We also have a number of student-oriented listservs for students within a particular discipline or for student organizations. A very important student listserv is; this listserv is intended for announcements of scholarship, employment, research, and other opportunities for students. All Science and Technology majors are encouraged to subscribe to this listserv, and faculty are encouraged to send opportunity announcements to this listserv instead of doing mass-mailings to other listservs.

opportunities-list - Opportunities for students
biolstu-list - Biology students
escistu-list - Environmental Science students
mathgrad-list - Mathematics graduate students
csclub - Computer Science Club
mathclub - Mathematics Club
ets-list - Engineering Technology Society
geoclub - Geology Club
gisso-list - Geographic Information Science Student Organization
misclub - Management Information Science Club
sciclub-list - Science Club
studentgov-list - TAMUCC Student Government
tmmsn-list - Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
tribeta-list - Tri-Beta Society

And finally, there are a large number of course-oriented listservs, including biol1406-list, biol1407-list, cosc4342-list, geol3442-list, and so on (you get the idea).

How to get a listserv created for your course or program

If you would like a listserv for your course, department, or other group, simply send email to and let them know what you would like the listserv to be called. Generally we prefer for listserv names to end with "-list", so that people who send messages to the listserv realize that they're in fact sending a message to a large group of people and not just a single person.

For courses, we suggest naming the listserv after the course number, such as esci1401-list or biol1407-list. If there are multiple sections of a course and each section needs its own listserv, you can suffix the list with a letter or section number, such as math1470.201-list or cosc3342b-list.

Determining who is subscribed to a listserv

We don't publish the addresses that are on a listserv, because there are people who love to search the Internet for lists of email messages to which they can send "spam" or "junk email".

For more information

For more information regarding listservs or the server, send email to

For more information, questions or problems please contact, CAMSLab Administrators at or Call (361) 825-2435/(361) 825-3379.