Bachelor of Science

Choose Science at La Trobe

Study Science at La Trobe, where 82% of our research is ranked world-class or above.*

* Excellence in Research for Australia rankings 2015

  • Help solve global issues like climate change, disease or food security.
  • Gain industry experience and networking opportunities through a paid cadetship.
  • Study overseas and learn about alternative scientific processes and practices with one of our international partners.
  • Choose from up to 16 major areas in science.
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities and work with experts.

Career opportunities in science

Our program is a building block for a range of careers. Past graduates have worked at:

  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as a project coordinator
  • Bureau of Meteorology as a tsunami modelling support officer
  • Parks Victoria as a ranger
  • Melbourne Health as a haemodialysis technician
  • QANTAS as an aircraft engineer
  • Trinity Grammar School as a teacher
  • Victoria Police as a forensic officer.

What you'll learn

You will learn how to:

  • coordinate and present your own scientific work
  • test ideas scientifically
  • work in teams and solve problems
  • think critically and analytically.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2017 indicative: AUD$9,050 per year (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2017 indicative: AUD$31,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

International living expenses

Other than tuition fees, you should consider living and accommodation costs when planning your budget.

Course structure

In your first year, you can choose to study a range of subject areas, offering a general understanding of science and technology disciplines. You also have the opportunity to include complementary subjects from any other discipline, such as humanities, business or law.

By third year, you will tailor your course to your own interests and specialise in two major areas, such as Biochemistry and Environmental Geoscience, or Zoology and French.

Major areas



To see the core subjects for each subject area as well as a list of possible electives, check the handbook for:

Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

As a Bendigo or Albury-Wodonga student you'll have small class sizes and close contact with your lecturers. If you choose to complete your first year in Albury-Wodonga, you'll transfer to Melbourne for the rest of the degree. See our accommodation options and information on living in Melbourne.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


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.

Keep in touch

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