La Trobe University

Bachelor of Science


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 600

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:

Melbourne majors:

Regional majors (Bendigo):

Regional majors (Albury-Wodonga):

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.

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.

Career outcomes

The extent of climate change, the best medicines to treat cancer, the most effective ways to protect endangered animals and many other challenges all require answers from science. The Bachelor of Science gives you a broad, internationally recognised grounding to take up roles in government, defence, research, astronomy, meteorology, business, journalism, health care, teaching or management. Those with strong skills in mathematics, statistics, quantitative analysis and problem-solving are highly sought after in various areas, including banking, engineering, financial administration, insurance, and research and development. There is also a current shortage of qualified chemists and of science teachers, particularly in physical and mathematical sciences.

Professional recognition

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 600

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 and travel - may also apply.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

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.

Additional information

Mid-year entry is only available to students with advanced standing for the subject Chemistry Foundations.

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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