Wildlife and conservation biology

Why study wildlife and conservation biology?

Wildlife and conservation biology is the science of managing native plants and animals. It aims to limit the effects of environmental degradation, climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

This degree is built upon ecological foundations drawn from botany, genetics and zoology. You'll apply these to the conservation of species and ecosystems. You'll also be introducted to the legal framework for conservation.

You'll also have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world - the University Wildlife Sanctuary contains 30ha of bushland on the Melbourne campus, in which students gain first-hand experience in ecological techniques.

Field trips

You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience on our field trips to places such as the Great Barrier Reef, Wilsons Promontory, The Mallee and Falls Creek.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2018

Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR*:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Melbourne 77.45
Year
2018
About this course
Learn how to tackle the threats facing our environment through this three-year course.

You'll study a range of disciplines including microbiology, and zoology, and focus on issues like environmental degradation, climate change and loss of biodiversity. You'll also take subjects in environmental law, remote sensing and GIS, and have the opportunity to study global environmental politics and international climate change economics and policy. You can attend monthly seminars hosted by conservation experts.

Our Melbourne Campus includes the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, which is made up of over 30 hectares of bushland. Here, you'll undertake research projects such as studying the behaviour of bat species and mosquito fish, and exploring and preserving the natural habitats of species like the long-nosed potoroo, brolga, black wallaby and sugar glider.

You'll also take your studies off campus through field trips to places like Wilson's Promontory, the Otways, Mt Hotham, Cape Conran, Heron Island and the Mallee. These experiences give you the chance to interact with various flora and fauna, giving your studies perspective and offering an insight into what to expect in your chosen specialisation.
Career opportunities
Graduates work in park management, natural resource management, conservation, policy development, wildlife and ecological research and environmental education.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Subject bonus
A study score of 20 in Geography, Health and Human Development, IT Applications, Software Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education of any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Additional costs for field trips - food, accommodation and travel - may also apply.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. Please note that you can only apply direct to La Trobe if you've not already applied through VTAC for any course.

Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.

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The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2018

Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) (071128G)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
TBC (2017 indicative fee $30 500)
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Learn how to tackle the threats facing our environment through this three-year course.

You'll study a range of disciplines including microbiology, and zoology, and focus on issues like environmental degradation, climate change and loss of biodiversity. You'll also take subjects in environmental law, remote sensing and GIS, and have the opportunity to study global environmental politics and international climate change economics and policy. You can attend monthly seminars hosted by conservation experts.

Our Melbourne Campus includes the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, which is made up of over 30 hectares of bushland. Here, you'll undertake research projects such as studying the behaviour of bat species and mosquito fish, and exploring and preserving the natural habitats of species like the long-nosed potoroo, brolga, black wallaby and sugar glider.

You'll also take your studies off campus through field trips to places like Wilson's Promontory, the Otways, Mt Hotham, Cape Conran, Heron Island and the Mallee. These experiences give you the chance to interact with various flora and fauna, giving your studies perspective and offering an insight into what to expect in your chosen specialisation.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 70
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 75.1, Albury-Wodonga: N/A
International Baccalaureate - 28
GCE A Levels - 9
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 9
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.2
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Additional costs for field trips - food, accommodation and travel - may also apply.
Career opportunities
Demand for graduates in environmental sciences is likely to continue to grow internationally. Youll be entering a field with many graduate opportunities.

Your eventual career options could include employment in park management roles, conservation, policy development in local, state and federal government agencies, wildlife and ecological research
in government agencies, universities or non-government conservation organisations, environmental consultancy companies or environmental education.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Career opportunities

Our students have found work in park managemenet roles, natural resource management, conservation, policy development, wildlife and ecological research and environmental consultancy and education.

Rob Barker,
Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)(Honours)

"The range of conservation-related subjects with field components, such as zoology were very appealing."

Wildlife and conservation biology placements

The industry cadetship program allows you to gain paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to build on your skills and your career. See possible placements.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View staff in Wildlife and conservation biology.