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Study Science with access to world‑class facilities

Study with the best. Our research in  a wide range of scientific disciplines received highest rating possible – well  above world standard – in the most recent Excellence  in Research for Australia report. Our research in Analytical Chemistry,  Veterinary Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Microbiology has  consistently rated ‘as well above world’ standard since 2012.

We are emerging as leaders in additional  scientific fields, with our research in neurosciences, animal production, crop  and pasture production, statistics, optical physics, ecology, plant biology and  zoology, also rated as well-above world standard.

We've also invested more than $500  million in new learning and research centres. This means that you'll have  access to some of the best scientific facilities in Australia including the La  Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience  and the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. From 2017, science student will also have  access to state of the art labs in newly refurbished Reid Building.

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Whether you  want save the world, feed the world or explore the world, a La Trobe degree in agricultural  and environmental science can help you take the first step.

Molecular and Biological Sciences

Choose La  Trobe, and you’ll be making the same choice as some of the world’s leading molecular  scientists. Scientists like Dr Amelia Johnston, who is helping find ways to  improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

Mathematical and Computer Sciences

From modelling breakthroughs in cancer treatments to developing  algorithms to combat cybercrime, improve the world we live in with Computer  Science at La Trobe.

Medical and Psychological Sciences

Understanding how the human body functions in sickness and in health, can  lead to range of rewarding careers, whether you want analyse disease states,  treat patients or explore the mind.

Physical and Chemical Sciences

New xxx, new medical  treatments, new products, new discoveries– choose a degree in physical and  chemical sciences, and you’ll be prepared drive innovation for industries and  organisations of all kinds.

Field trips and cadetships

We encourage our Science students to add practical experience to their  studies through cadetships and field placements. Past students have studied animal  physiology on field trips to Heron Island, completed cadetships at biotech company  Hexima.

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Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith

Current student, Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

“This course is the perfect stepping stone to being a leader in the field of agriculture.”


Through placements, I’ve experienced different areas of agriculture, from private dairy farms in South Gippsland, to industry leaders of agronomy at Birchip Cropping Group, to a 150,000 hectare sheep station on the South Australian border for Hassad Australia.

I also spent two weeks at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India in my third year. This course is the perfect stepping stone to being a leader in the field of agriculture. I’ve received three job offers in my final year, which is great motivation and has given me plenty of options.

Jo Bennet

Jo Bennet

Current student, Bachelor of Psychological Science

“I’ve been taught by some incredibly dedicated lecturers.”


One of the most enjoyable features of this course is the range of subjects that are available, giving me opportunities to explore and discover what I am most passionate about.

I’m part of the Hallmark Program, which teaches us  many of the skills we need to succeed at university, including critical thinking, analysis and referencing. Hallmark gives us the opportunity to conduct our own interdisciplinary research and develop a strong network of people we can connect with and form lasting friendships.

My lecturers who show genuine interest in what they are teaching really add to the university experience. I’ve been taught by some incredibly dedicated lecturers, particularly in my first year elective Behavioural Neuroscience, who helped me discover my passion for this particular field of psychology.

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