Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
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.
Specialisations, majors and minors
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;
TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;
TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;
Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;
English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;
or approved international equivalent.
There is a substantial unmet demand in Australia and overseas for graduates in agricultural science and a growing awareness of potential food production shortfalls in the future. Our graduates are highly sought after in agribusiness, research, teaching, livestock production, agronomy, irrigation, the finance sector, commodity trading organisations and consulting.
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
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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
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. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
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