Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

Choose Wildlife and Conservation Biology at La Trobe

Conservation workers are more in demand than ever before. Our degree teaches you the fundamentals to tackle current ecological and biological issues such as environmental degradation, climate change and loss of biodiversity.

A feature of your course will be field trips to places like Wilson's Promontory, the Otway Ranges, Falls Creek and Heron Island where you'll gain hands-on experience in managing protected areas, exploring diverse ecosystems and learning data collection techniques.

On our Melbourne campus you'll have access to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, made up of over 30 hectares of bushland. Here, you can undertake research projects such as studying the natural habitats of endangered species like the long-nosed potoroo, brolga, black wallaby and sugar glider.

This is one of the few conservation courses to offer a strong foundation in ecological sciences. You'll study the core subjects of botany, genetics, microbiology and zoology alongside management and environmental law. As a graduate you'll be ready to take on a variety of roles in park management, policy development, wildlife and ecological research, and environmental consultancy and education.

Career opportunities in wildlife and conservation

Recent graduates have worked at:

  • Trust for Nature
  • GHD Australia
  • CM&M Building.

Course info


You can study the course at the following campuses:

Length of course

Three years full-time or up to six years part-time.


  • $8768 per year (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.
  • Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat (about A$30) and a dissecting kit (about A$40).

Selection criteria

Year 12 results (within five years of finishing)

You will be selected based on your ATAR score. The ATAR required in 2014 to get into this course was 80.3 at the Melbourne campus.

TAFE results or work experience

You will be selected based on relevant TAFE results or work experience if you are not a Year 12 school leaver.

Course prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Geography, Health and Human Development, IT Applications, Software Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science, and a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.

What you'll learn in the Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

How to:

  • manage endangered species and maintain sustainable ecosystems
  • apply ecological knowledge to address conservation issues
  • develop policy and environmental law
  • collect data and conduct statistical analyses.

Course content

You can choose any combination of subjects to complement your core subjects in ecological science, management and policy. On top of lectures, you'll attend weekly seminars on hot topics as well as participate in field trips, research projects and lab work.

Subject options include:

  • Climate Change and Landscape Evolution
  • Inner Life of Plants
  • Molecular and Human Genetics
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Topics in Infectious Diseases
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Medical and Veterinary Microbiology

 First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Modules, Genes and CellsStatistics for Life Sciences
Chemistry Foundations OR General Principles of Chemistry

Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity

First-year elective

Animal, Plant and Microbial Life
First-year elective

Climate, Sustainability and Society

For full details, see the handbook entries for Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

How to apply


Applications open in April for semester 2.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Check out our pathway options for the best chance of getting into the course that you want.

Inside look: field trip to Calperum Station

Your course will be filled with plenty of experience on site, such as this eight-day trip to Calperum Station. Learn about Australia's arid zone ecology covering extensive areas of mallee (low-lying eucalyptus) woodlands and wetlands. You'll work in small groups studying the local ecosystem and gain valuable research skills and techniques. Watch the video here

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