Bachelor of Science
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Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
A La Trobe Bachelor of Science degree gives you the skills and knowledge to contribute to some of today's biggest challenges, like protecting endangered animals or developing new ways to treat disease.
This is one of our most flexible degrees with up to 14 majors to choose from including biochemistry, biomedical science, botany, chemistry, environmental geoscience, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical chemistry, physics, statistics, and zoology. You will study a range of subjects to give you a foundation in science and related disciplines. Then you will either select two science specialties or combine your science major with studies from another discipline, like business.
Throughout your course, you'll have access to purpose-built facilities including the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. You'll also have opportunities for work placements with organisations like the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and other businesses conducting research in biochemistry, chemistry and genetics.
Through our partnerships with education providers all over the world, you'll also have the opportunity to study abroad and gain knowledge of alternative scientific processes and practices.
You can apply to study this course at Bendigo or Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
Specialisations, majors and minors
This degree has a variety of majors on offer, with options to take a double major now easier and more streamlined than ever before.
Our Majors are:
- Environmental Geoscience
Regional majors (Bendigo):
Regional majors (Albury-Wodonga):
- Biomedical Science
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.
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. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
A study score of 25 in 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.
Once you graduate, you'll be ready to take up positions in areas as diverse as government, defence, research, astronomy, meteorology, business, journalism and management.
The Chemistry major in the Bachelor of Science is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact RACI for details.
The Statistics major in the Bachelor of Science is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA). Please refer to the handbook for further details. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science with a Statistics major may be eligible to apply for accreditation with SSA as a 'Graduate Statistician'. Professional accreditation is subject to specific academic requirements and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact SSA 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 and 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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See Student Handbook for more details
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