Geological Mapping 1

Science & Technology
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Course Code
EAES 2800
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is about the techniques of collecting and mapping geological information and applications to sedimentary mineral and coal deposits. Some field trips will be required.
Course Content
  • Map scales, projections, coordinate systems and symbology.
  • Publicly-available maps and reports:  GSC, BCGS and other provincial agencies, USGS and other organizations.
  • Maps and cross-sections applied to exploration and mining, including the selection, display and analysis of a number of types of data:  surface locations (drill holes, samples, adits, claim boundaries, etc.), surficial geology, bedrock geology, structure, thickness, lithology, mineralogy, geochronology, geochemistry, facies, fractures, subsurface maps, others.  Some applications will use GIS.
  • Geology of sedimentary deposits of minerals and coal, including the following types:  aggregate (gravel and sand), coal, potash,  uranium, banded iron, shale gas.  Deposit characteristics will be discussed, including:  formation, mineralogy, petrology, diagenesis, mapping.
  • Geological data collection using outcrop evaluation, core logging, drill information, and prepared samples.
  • Mineral and rock identification using hand specimen, stereo (low-power) microscope and petrographic microscope (introductory skills).
  • Geological reports.
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, lab, and occasional field trips.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on the following:

Assignments and Labs        25 - 40%

Project(s)                          10 - 25%

Term Exams and quizzes    25%

Final Exam                        25%

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing EAES 2800, a student will be able to:

  • Utilize various publicly-available information sources when geologically evaluating an area.
  • Prepare and interpret a variety of geological map types, utilizing paper base maps and GIS.
  • Describe several types of sedimentary deposits of minerals and coal.
  • Collect mapping data from rock outcrops, drill cores and drill information (including mineral and rock identification, textures and structures).
  • Prepare geological reports.
Textbook Materials

Students should consult the bookstore for the latest required course materials, including textbooks.


  • Ridley, J.; Ore Deposit Geology; Cambridge University Press or equivalent.
  • Moon, C.J, Whateley, M.K.G., Evans, A.M.; Introduction to Mineral Exploration; Blackwell Publishing, or equivalent.
  • Bennison, G.M.; An Introduction to Geological Structures and Maps; Hodder Education Publishing, or equivalent.

Other Course Materials:  "Rite in the Rain" waterproof booklet or equivalent, rock hammer, hand lens, mineral identification kit, safety eyewear.



EAES 1500

and EAES 1900 or GEOL 1900

and CMNS (1105 or 1110 or 1111 or 1115 or 1118) or ENGL (any 1000 level course except 1099 and 1124).


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) AU GEOL 3XX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU SCEL 2XX (4) 2016/05/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR GEOL 2XX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG GEOL 2XXX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit 2016/05/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2016/05/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOL 2XXX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit 2016/05/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ARTS 2XX (3) 2005/05/01 to 2016/04/30
University Canada West (UCW) No credit 2016/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO EESC 3rd (3) 2016/05/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC GEOG 2XX (3) 2016/05/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GEOG 2XX (4) 2016/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EOS 2XX (1.5) 2016/05/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) No credit 2017/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.