Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

La Trobe University

Feeding nine billion people by 2050 is going to need an agricultural revolution. La Trobe's Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is not just a farming degree. The course combines science with economics to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing future generations, such as increasing food production and reducing environmental impact. You'll apply your expertise to fields including finance, agribusiness, consulting, government and humanitarian initiatives. Study subjects in plant science, land and soil management, animal physiology, animal psychology, pest control and groundwater sustainability. Benefit from a range of work placement opportunities and learn in our newly upgraded, state-of-the-art laboratories. Reasons to study agricultural sciences at La Trobe: Our Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is a future-focused degree that offers a practical curriculum that prepares you for a rewarding and in-demand career. La Trobe is the only university in Victoria rated 'well-above world-standard' for research in agriculture and veterinary sciences. La Trobe's agriculture and forestry subjects rank among the top 150 in the world. Enjoy research opportunities working alongside award-winning scientists at the largest research body in Victoria, AgriBio.

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


First-year studies cover the impact of agriculture on the environment, cells and organisms, genetics and human biology, chemistry and plant science. Second and third-year studies include land and soil management, plant and animal nutrition, physiology and protection from diseases and pests, marketing, landscape management using GIS and remote sensing, and climate, sustainability and society. Students will also need to do 12 weeks of approved industry experience outside official University semester dates.

Subjects you can Study:

Agribusiness; Agriculture; Agricultural Biotechnology; Agricultural Marketing; Agricultural Science; Animal and Plant Biology; Plant and Animal Production; Soil Science

Further information:

Students enrolling at the Albury-Wodonga campus must transfer to the Melbourne campus for the last two years of the course. Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of approved workplace experience during vacations before being deemed to have completed the course.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences may apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info Yes Part time 6 years
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 3 years
Albury-Wodonga No info No Part time 6 years
Albury-Wodonga No info No Full time 3 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

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