Bachelor of Biological Sciences

La Trobe University

This degree will prepare you to help find the solutions to big issues like protecting native forests, managing endangered species, discovering new medical cures or securing food for the future. In the first year of this degree, you'll explore the basics of animal, plant and microbial biology through the lenses of cell biology, genetics, evolution, biodiversity and ecology. In second and third year, you can specialise through a choice of disciplines including botany, microbiology, zoology, biochemistry or genetics. You'll get plenty of hands-on experience in La Trobe's labs or on field trips to diverse habitats across Victoria. You'll be exposed to cutting edge biological research via world-class research institutes (the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and Centre for AgriBiosciences) and have access to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary on La Trobe's Melbourne Campus. During field excursions students learn techniques to survey animal and plant biodiversity. During lab classes students gain the skills to conduct scientific experiments and develop and present their own work. Along with practical and theoretical classes, La Trobe University helps prepare you for the workplace through opportunities for paid work experience.

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.


Students must complete 360 credit points. Study options include agriculture, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, zoology and environmental management. Melbourne Campus students in their first year can transfer to Albury-Wodonga to major in environmental management for their second and third years. Alternatively, Albury-Wodonga students can transfer to the Melbourne Campus for their second and third years for a different major.

Subjects you can Study:

Animal and Plant Biology, Biology, Biological Botany, Ecology, Environmental Management, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Zoology.

Further information:

Year 1 of biochemistry, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology and zoology can be undertaken at Albury-Wodonga and then students transfer to the Melbourne campus to complete years 2 and 3, while year 1 of environmental management can be undertaken at Melbourne and then students transfer to the Albury-Wodonga campus to complete years 2 and 3, if they wish to complete a major in these areas of study.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Albury-Wodonga No info Yes Part time 6 years
Melbourne No info Yes Part time 6 years
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 3 years
Albury-Wodonga No info Yes 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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