What will I learn?

Overview

This degree prepares you to help find the solutions to big issues like protecting native forests, managing endangered species, discovering new medical cures or securing food for the future.

In the first year of this degree, you'll explore the basics of animal, plant and microbial biology through the lenses of cell biology, genetics, evolution, biodiversity and ecology. In second and third year, you can specialize through a choice of disciplines including botany, microbiology, zoology, biochemistry or genetics.

You'll get plenty of hands-on experience in our labs or on field trips to diverse habitats across Victoria. You'll be exposed to cutting edge biological research via world-class research institutes (the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and Centre for AgriBiosciences) and you'll have access to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary on our Melbourne Campus.

During your field excursions you'll learn techniques to survey animal and plant biodiversity. During lab classes you'll gain the skills to conduct scientific experiments and develop and present your own work.

Along with practical and theoretical classes, we'll help you prepare for the workplace through opportunities for paid work experience.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

  • Produce clear, concise, grammatically correct written work (eg, scientific reports, essays, summaries) that present coherent evidence‐based explanations to communicate appropriately to the intended audience (eg, peers, scientific community, non‐scientific community).
  • Conduct clearly spoken presentations that use correct terminology to communicate logically the results of scientific experiments, current scientific/discipline issues, or theoretical concepts to the intended audience (eg, peers, scientific community, and nonscientific community).
  • Summarize numerical data produced in experiments using basic mathematical techniques, present summary data in tables and/or graphs, be able to analyze experimental data and evaluate data from sources such as, scientific reports and journal articles.
  • Develop independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information to generate scientific reports.
  • Develop rational and rigorous arguments to interrogate assumptions, synthesize scientific information, formulate hypothesis, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas.
  • Analyze using a systematic approach to reasoning and conceptualizing scientific ideas to solve constructed and real world scientific and technical problems.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork in a range of roles using team‐building, self-assessment and communication skills to complete tasks.
  • Employ academic integrity and scientific rigor in conducting and evaluating scientific research, and managing self in professional practice.
  • Use scientific terminology to discuss the fundamental biological concepts and current issues of at least two of the discipline areas (biochemistry, botany, genetics, microbiology or zoology) and be able to apply relevant biological concepts to analyses and evaluate the results of investigations into real world problems.

Which department am I in?

Department of Science and Biosciences

CRICOS

006171K

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,600.00 (US$ 25,741) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

29 July 2019, 2 March 2020

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Entry into a Bachelor Degree program at La Trobe University requires completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with certain grade. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Australia.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 169 with no less than 169 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • La Trobe Melbourne
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About this uni

The School’s degrees are linked to emerging trends and are designed to prepare students for work in changing environments.

  • Access to world-renowned research facilities
  • University’s best researchers ally with industry partners
  • Offers practical work placement in real industry
  • Offers general and specialist degrees across disciplines