Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
Learn how to tackle the threats facing our environment through this three-year course.
You'll study a range of disciplines including zoology, genetics, and botany, and focus on issues like extinction, environmental degradation, climate change. You'll also take subjects in environmental law, remote sensing and GIS, and have the opportunity to study global environmental politics and international climate change economics and policy. You can attend monthly seminars hosted by conservation experts.
Our Melbourne Campus includes the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, which is made up of over 30 hectares of bushland. Here, you'll undertake research projects such as studying the behaviour of bat species and mosquitofish, and exploring and preserving the natural habitats of species like the long-nosed potoroo, brolga, black wallaby and sugar glider.
You will have a chance to interact with various flora and fauna, giving your studies perspective and gaining some insight into what to expect in your chosen field with off campus field trips to places like Wilson's Promontory, Mt Arapiles, Falls Creek, Buchan Caves, Heron Island and the Mallee.
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 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.
Demand for graduates in environmental sciences is likely to continue to grow internationally. You’ll be entering a field with many graduate opportunities. Your eventual career options could include employment in park management roles, conservation, policy development in local, state and federal government agencies, wildlife and ecological research in government agencies, universities or non-government conservation organisations, environmental consultancy companies or environmental education.
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 field trips - 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
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:
CRICOS code: 071128G