Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Choose Biological Sciences at La Trobe

  • Prepare to find solutions to big issues like protecting native forests, managing endangered species, discovering new medical cures and securing food for the future.
  • Learn from researchers who are leaders in their field. Our research in Biological Sciences is rated as well above world standard (ERA, 2015)).
  • Discover new organisms and biological phenomena in state of the art teaching laboratories.
  • Develop your technical and scientific skills in laboratories or on field experiences.
  • Explore cutting edge research in the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and Centre for AgriBiosciences.
  • Enhance your study experience by studying or volunteering in La Trobe’s Wildlife Sanctuary; our living laboratory.

Career opportunities in biological sciences

Our graduates have found work in:

  • zoos
  • local and state government organisations
  • medical and environmental research institutes
  • non-government organisations.

What you'll learn

Depending on the major of study you choose, you will learn how to:

  • understand the natural world through the lenses of cell biology, genetics, evolutions, biodiversity and ecology
  • survey animal and plant diversity
  • utilise scientific techniques to conduct investigations and research into biological phenomena
  • pose research questions, design biological experiments, gather and analyse data and present your findings.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2017 indicative: AUD$9,050 per 120 credit points (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.

Additional costs

It will cost approximately A$100 for basic equipment. You'll need to purchase equipment like a dissection kit, laboratory coat and laboratory manuals for some subjects.

International living expenses

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

Course structure

In first year, you’ll complete foundation subjects to prepare you for study in biological science. The subjects introduce you to a wide range of discipline areas in biology. In years two and three you'll specialise in your area of interest, allowing you to graduate with up to two majors. You can choose from specialised or broad majors depending on your interests and the set of skills you want to develop for your career.

Choose from majors in:

  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • botany
  • molecular biology
  • ecology
  • zoology
  • genetics.

For full details, see the handbook entry.

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.

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