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Molecular, chemical and biological science


Learn from experienced academics in immersive learning spaces and graduate with the skills needed to drive positive change.

  • Get a wealth of practical experience from laboratory-based classes, offsite fieldwork and industry-based placementswith partners such as CSIRO, Bayer Crop Science, and various State and Federal Government departments.
  • Study in world-class research environments including La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), Centre for AgriBiosciences, the Reid Building Labs and La Trobe's 30+ hectare Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Learn from nationally and internationally renowned scientists, researchers and experts whose work is rated 'well above standard' in 15 fields of scientific research.
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Your questions answered

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What's it like to study science at La Trobe?

Feliz talks about the study experience and the variety of learning you'll do at La Trobe.

What's your top advice for studying science at La Trobe?

Feliz shares some of her top advice to help students prepare to study science at La Trobe.

What are the labs like?

Feliz takes us on a quick tour of the labs you'll study in at La Trobe.

What are the majors and minors?

Feliz talks about the majors and minors, and her personal inspiration to study microbiology.

What industry experience do you get?

Feliz talks about the industry opportunities in her science degree, and where she wants to take her degree when she graduates.

Top 300

globally for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022


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La Trobe undergraduates found employment within four months of graduation

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2021

Possible careers

Graduates have found work in lab and field-based settings, including private industry, research institutes, and local and state government organisations. Possible roles include:

Examine plants, animals and microbes to better understand their natural biological processes and impact on the environment.

Conduct experiments and fieldwork to find chemistry-based solutions for your organisation's objectives. Write reports, present information and contribute to scientific literature.

Analyse patient data using genetic techniques. Write assessments and reports, and always maintain a high level of privacy and safety.

Analyse patient data using genetic techniques. Write assessments and reports, maintaining a high level of privacy and safety at all times.

Study bacteria, viruses and fungi to understand how they contribute to health and sickness in animals.

Investigate the interrelationships between animals in their natural surroundings, in captivity and in laboratories.

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Molecular, chemical and biological science courses

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