The intersection of plants and society

Plants are integral to our survival. The study of plant processes, molecular biology and plant physiology feeds into all areas of life including agriculture, biotechnology and conservation.

Why study botany?

Through the study of plants and other organisms, as they relate to the environment, botanists have a significant impact on food security, the management of our forest resources, environmental conservation and sustainability.

The demand for experts in botany continues to grow. With the changing climate, pressing conservation issues and the need for disease-resistant food sources, we need more people with a sophisticated understanding of plants and our relationship with them.

Through a major in Botany, you will study the ecology, biochemistry, pathology, taxonomy and mycology of plants.

In addition to botanical study we teach you broad skills including project design, data collection, data analysis and the preparation of reports. 

 "The best thing about studying botany at La Trobe has been the passion and knowledge of the lecturers." - Rufaro Kanjere

Where can botany take me?

Botanists can be found working in labs and office, fields and farms, and parks and gardens. As a research scientist or conservationist you might find yourself working to conserve endangered species or advising policy-makers. If you focus on biotechnology you may be exploring genetic engineering, disease and drought resistance or pharmaceuticals.  

Our graduates are sought after by government organisations, parks and wildlife management groups and conservation organisations. They can also be found working in medical science, horticulture and agriculture.

Why La Trobe?

  • At La Trobe, we have invested in establishing our own wildlife sanctuary, the only one of its kind at a university in Australia. At our unique facility, you can learn about the restoration and management of indigenous flora and fauna.
  • La Trobe University is the caretaker of over 30 hectares of bushland and wildlife sanctuary throughout it's Melbourne campus and is well recognised for it's natural landscapes at all campuses.
  • You'll have the opportunity to go on field trips to Mt Hotham and the Otways and take part in our alpine ecology projects.
  • La Trobe is ranked no1. in Victoria for our research into Biological Sciences, which includes plant biology (2015 ERA rankings).

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, the Honours program in Ecology, Environment and Evolution with a specialisation in Botany awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or by direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

You'll get to know many academics during your time at La Trobe, from tutors to lecturers. View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Botany.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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