This course is aimed at high-achieving students interested in pursuing a career in biological research and development in Universities, government or commercial research institutions. Students will meet each semester with the course adviser to plan a course of study. Students will be involved in biological research throughout the course and so will have much greater knowledge and experience in this area than other graduates. In this way, they will benefit from the research partnerships of La Trobe University with government and semi-government research agencies. Students must complete subjects with a total value of at least 120 credit points in each of the first, second and third years of study, with a minimum of 60, 60 and 60 credit points in the first, second and third years respectively from subjects offered by the biological science departments (biochemistry, botany, genetics, microbiology and zoology). At each year of the course, a specified proportion of the laboratory work will be undertaken in the research laboratories under the supervision of research staff. Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.