Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

Choose Agricultural Sciences at La Trobe

  • Be part of the solution to feeding nine billion people in 2050.
  • Do a paid 12-week cadetship with one of our industry partners in Australia or overseas.
  • Our AgriBio Centre is Victoria's main research facility preventing and controlling disease.

Career opportunities in agricultural science

There is a huge demand for agricultural scientists in this rapidly growing industry. Our graduates have excellent job prospects in sustainable farming, agribusiness, state and federal governments, commodity trading companies, banking and humanitarian organisations.

Find work across a range of industries including:

  • the $30 billion food and fibre industry
  • livestock production
  • irrigation
  • agronomy
  • banking
  • large agribusiness firms
  • agribusiness consultancies
  • state and federal governments
  • commodity trading companies
  • humanitarian organisations like the United Nations

What you'll learn

Discover the relationship between plants, animals, humans, climate and economics with a focus on sustainability and animal welfare.

Learn how to:

  • increase food production under a changing climate
  • manage land in a sustainable and profitable way
  • take on an advisory role in agriculture and farming practices.

Cost

Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$8,917 per 120 credit points.(based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

AUD$33,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Other fees

Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat for around A$30 and a dissecting kit for around A$40.

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Course structure

You'll study a mix of applied science and agribusiness subjects in this fixed-content course. You'll learn about:

  • soil science
  • plant and animal nutrition
  • physiology and biochemistry
  • pest ecology and management
  • climate change
  • agribusiness and more.

You'll complete 12 weeks of work placement over your summer break. This is your opportunity to gain industry experience in Australia or overseas. You might choose to work in a commercial seed factory in Belgium or in a farming facility in India. Find out more about placement opportunities here.

If you start studying with us in Albury-Wodonga, you'll transfer to our Melbourne Campus from second year to complete your course.

First year subjects

Semester 1

Semester 2

Academic Integrity Module

Genetics, Human Biology and Evolution

Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Science

Statistics for Life Sciences

Organisation and Function of Cells and Organisms

Plant Science

Processes that Shape the Earth

Chemistry Elective Subject

Please note: these are the first year subjects for study at our Melbourne campus. For full details, see the handbook entry for Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.


How to apply

Direct

Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.

International

Find out about how to apply as an international student.

Pathways

There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.


Scholarships and financial support

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

Inside look

In his third year of study, Stephen Cantwell took advantage of La Trobe's study exchange program and took his Agricultural Science degree to Ecuador. For six months, Stephen lived with an Ecuadorian family whilst continuing his degree at the Universidad Espiritu Santo (UEES).

A typical day for Stephen started with a bus ride out to 'el campo' (the countryside) for a few hours of work experience with the local farmers before returning home for a well-deserved lunch.

'So I generally return home at about 1pm here. I have lunch with my host family. People here come home for lunch and it is the biggest meal of the day and it is usually pretty big!'

Alongside eating, learning the Spanish language and working on the farm, Stephen manages to fit in a decent amount of study.  'After lunch I roll myself to uni. At about 3pm I start my classes and I finish my classes at 10.20pm. So I have a little bit of a break between my classes, but still 10.20pm is a bit different because at La Trobe you generally finish around 5pm.'

Follow Steve's journey and find out more about agricultural science in his video blog series

Cantwell, parks well

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