Bachelor of Biosecurity Science

Box Hill Institute

This program will enable students to exercise initiative and professional judgement in the diverse context of biosecurity science. Students will develop skills and knowledge in the plant and animal sciences in combination with an understanding of the social and economic framework surrounding the biosecurity continuum. The program commences with foundation studies in biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology in first year, and introduces students to biosecurity and agriculture through site visits to relevant industries. In second year, students will develop an in depth understanding of how plant and animal production systems work, the pests and diseases that are a threat to these industries and give consideration to human biosecurity including public health and biological warfare. In the final year, the focus will shift to how biosecurity is monitored and maintained. This includes studies in epidemiology, biosecurity risk management and the regulatory frameworks that govern biosecurity in Australia. At the culmination of the program, students will undertake a two-month capstone project to evaluate and report on the biosecurity principles and practices in an industry workplace to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to potential employers.

Course Fee:

Australian: $44,871
International: $56,400

Entry Requirements:

Yerar 12 or equivalent

Subjects you can Study:

Agricultural studies; Biological sciences; Biosecurity; Environmental and related studies; Land parks and wildlife management; Natural and physical sciences

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 02411J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Lilydale No info No Full time 3 years
Lilydale No info No Part time 6 years

At Box Hill Institute, you’re not just a number. Our smaller class sizes mean you’ll get the support you need to succeed in your studies. We keep our higher education courses practical, with a strong focus on job skills to ensure graduates have the abilities that employers require in their particular industry. When you study with us, it’s not just about the journey. We want you to graduate with genuine job opportunities. That’s why eight in 10 Box Hill Institute graduates are employed or pursuing further study within six months of graduating*.

We focus on future proofing our students’ careers by offering higher education qualifications and pathways in exciting growth areas like cyber security, aviation and 3D manufacturing. Our teachers are all expert practitioners with relevant experience and careers in their teaching areas. They bring a wealth of knowledge about their industry, the realities of various career paths and the areas you need to focus on to succeed.

We offer a substantial range of higher education study areas, including:

  • music (applied business, composition, audio production, performance, sound production)
  • commerce (accounting and international business) 
  • community services
  • fashion (fashion and fashion merchandising)
  • early childhood (education and care)
  • hospitality management
  • library and information management
  • science and biotechnology (biosecurity, and science and biotechnology)
  • computer systems.

At Box Hill Institute, you’ll gain industry connections and have work placement opportunities while you study. Many of our undergraduate courses are aligned to career paths that have been defined by the industry sectors we work with, so the courses are relevant and industry-specific. 

Studying with us means that you’ll have access to some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country — from our high-tech recording studios to our working restaurant, where chefs Guy Grossi, George Calombaris and Curtis Stone trained. We operate a Nursing Skills Centre of Excellence, the Pets on Elgar veterinary training centre, information technology labs and our $41 million Integrated Technology Hub — the first of its kind. Our Lilydale Lakeside Campus operates a Tech School, an e-learning centre, a business incubator, a childcare centre, conference facilities, and accommodation. Soon it will open an Edutainment Centre.

Other campus facilities include cafeterias, student lounges, childcare services and libraries. We offer a number of student services, including employment assistance, counselling and a disability liaison service, and support for Indigenous students. We also offer specific literacy and numeracy support to provide eligible students with help to complete their course. This support focuses on workplace reading, writing, numeracy (maths) and communication skills. It is flexible and provides support in classrooms and/or in group tutorials, and with online activities.

Study a degree that will take you places. Contact us at Box Hill Institute today. You can call 1300 BOX HILL or visit

*Source: NCVER 2016

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