Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
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.
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.
- Animal and Plant Biology, Biology, Biological Botany, Ecology, Environmental Management, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Zoology.
Standard 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.
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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.