La Trobe University

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
37 200

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

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Academic entry requirement

International equivalencies

International equivalencies* for this course at Campus Name**

Please select your type of qualification in the dropdown above.

* The equivalencies provided above are only provided as a guide and based on the course’s current standard minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), the primary measure for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.

** Equivalencies may vary by location. To view equivalencies for this course at another location, please select the location in the drop down at the top of this page.

Note: there may also be other entry requirements for this course. If you are unsure, make an enquiry.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

37 200

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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re 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.

To view other campus handbook course details, please select relevant campus in the drop down.

CRICOS code: 077310E