La Trobe University

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Feeding nine billion people by 2050 is going to need an agricultural revolution.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is not just a farming degree. The course combines science with economics to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing future generations, such as increasing food production and reducing environmental impact. You’ll apply your expertise to fields including finance, agribusiness, consulting, government and humanitarian initiatives.

Study subjects in plant science, land and soil management, animal physiology, animal psychology, pest control and groundwater sustainability. Benefit from a range of work placement opportunities and learn in our newly upgraded, state-of-the-art laboratories.

Reasons to study agricultural sciences at La Trobe

Our Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences is a future-focused degree that offers a practical curriculum that prepares you for a rewarding and in-demand career.

  • La Trobe is the only university in Victoria rated 'well-above world-standard' for research in agriculture and veterinary sciences.*
  • La Trobe’s agriculture and forestry subjects rank among the top 150 in the world.**
  • Enjoy research opportunities working alongside award winning scientists at the largest research body in Victoria, AgriBio.***

*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015

**2018 QS World Rankings by Subject

***CSIRO medal for Impact from Science in 2013, and a Eureka Award for Sustainable Agriculture in 2014

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Specialisations, majors and minors

Entry requirements


For Domestic students, 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.

Special consideration

A study score of 25 in Maths: Mathematical Methods ( CAS ), Maths: Specialist Mathematics or 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.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

As a graduate, you'll be well equipped to find work in rural and urban settings, meeting Australia's significant, unmet demand for professionals in this field. Career opportunities include agricultural scientist, consultant, retail agronomist, animal health officer, animal nutritionist, agricultural finance and investment officer, biosecurity officer and more.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences may apply for membership with Ag Institute Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

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 fieldtrips - food, accommodation, travel - may also apply.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018. How to apply for an undergraduate degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

Please note: students enrolling at the Albury-Wodonga campus must transfer to the Melbourne campus for the last two years of the course.

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.