Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
You'll learn how to tackle the threats facing the environment through this three-year course. You'll study a range of disciplines including zoology, genetics, and botany, and focus on issues like extinction, environmental degradation, climate change. You'll also take subjects in environmental law, remote sensing and GIS, and have the opportunity to study global environmental politics and international climate change economics and policy. You'll have access to monthly seminars hosted by conservation experts. La Trobe's Melbourne Campus includes the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, which is made up of over 30 hectares of bushland. Here, you'll undertake research projects such as studying the behaviour of bat species and mosquitofish, and exploring and preserving the natural habitats of species like the long-nosed potoroo, brolga, black wallaby and sugar glider. You'll have a chance to interact with various flora and fauna, giving their studies perspective and gaining some insight into what to expect in their chosen field with off campus field trips to places like Wilson's Promontory, Mt Arapiles, Falls Creek, Buchan Caves, Heron Island and the Mallee.
First-year studies include core subjects covering all facets of biology from molecules, genes and cells, animal, plant and microbial life, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, chemistry, statistics, and sustainability. Second and third-year studies include core subjects covering conservation biology, environmental law, the diversity of Australian plants and animals and the ecology of Australian ecosystems, and ecological genetics and geographic information systems. Elective subjects include global environmental politics, the politics and economics of climate change and subjects in microbiology. Field trips emphasise and facilitate practical skills.
- Animal and Plant Biology
- Conservation Biology/Ecology
- Ecological Studies
- Ecology Sustainability
- Environment and Sustainability
- Environmental Geoscience
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Studies
- Fire Management
- Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
- Wildlife Management
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. International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. 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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