Agricultural sciences

Why study Agricultural sciences?

Some of the major challenges we face in the 21st century are sustainable food production, disease threats and soil productivity.

Learn about the interactions and inter-relationships between soil, plants, animals, climate and humans. Combine practical career-orientated science with business and management skills.

Your skills and knowledge will help you assist farmers in Australia and around the world to improve their food production with declining land, water and soil resources.

Career opportunities

There is an ongoing demand for skilled agricultural science graduates with economics and management training in the $30 billion food and fibre industry. There are excellent job prospects in the banking industry, large agribusiness firms, agribusiness consultancies, state and federal governments, commodity trading companies, humanitarian organisations and agencies such as the United Nations.

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

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Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Bachelor of Agricultural Science - Dr Peter Sale

Dr Peter Sale discusses the benefits of studying the Bachelor of Agricultural Science at La Trobe

Marcus SmithMr Marcus Smith,
Bachelor of Agricultural Science

"The student life, my course and the relaxed atmosphere of the campuses are the best things about La Trobe."

Agricultural sciences placements

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.