Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
Growing enough food to sustain the world is one of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century. This degree trains you to be an expert in the science of agriculture so you can take on an advisory role in agriculture and farming practices.
You'll learn about the relationship between plants, animals, soil and climate along with economics and management. You'll also take on subjects such as plant science, land and soil management, animal physiology, pest control, and groundwater sustainability and contamination. By combining science with business skills, you'll be equipped to help farmers improve their food production and reduce the impact on declining resources.
Students will study a work integrated learning subject that provides students with an opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge to a practical environment. If you start studying with us in Albury-Wodonga, you'll transfer to our Melbourne Campus from second year to complete your course.
With the opening of AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience, La Trobe has become the hub of agricultural science research in Victoria. The centre, which is a joint venture with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, is equipped with state-of-the-art labs and glass houses, quarantine containment units and high quality equipment.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
Specialisations, majors and minors
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.
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.
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.
*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.
There is a substantial unmet demand in Australia for graduates in agricultural science and a growing awareness of potential food production shortfalls in the future. Our graduates find work in rural and urban settings with agribusiness firms and consultancies, biotech institutes, state and federal government, and humanitarian organisations such as the United Nations.
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 costs
Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.
Find out more about undergraduate course fees.
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
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