Exploration and Mining 1

Science & Technology
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Course Code
EAES 2900
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course covers the various stages of the mineral exploration process, from reconnaissance to pre-development. Field trips will be required.
Course Content
  • Mineral economics and industry structure, including:  types of companies, financial markets, commodities, economic cyles;
  • Mineral deposits, including: economic minerals, alteration minerals and coal, deposit models (sedimentary, magmatic, hydrothermal, supergene);
  • Process of exploration, including:  exploration phases, geological methods, remote sensing, geophysical methods, geochemical methods, drilling methods;
  • Sampling mediums and methods and applied statistics;
  • Exploration safety, including:  risk assessment, planning, training, equipment, evacuation;
  • Exploration tenure and access, including:  mineral ownership, mineral claims, surface access, guidelines and regulations, interested parties;
  • Mining methods;
  • Maps and cross-sections showing exploration information, using GIS and other methods.
Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, labs, 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 2900, a student will be able to:

  • Discuss the economic and industrial factors that affect exploration and mining;
  • List major types of mineral deposits;
  • Describe the stages of the exploration process, including the methods used to collect and assess information;
  • Describe sampling methods, and use appropriate sampling methods to collect soil and rock samples;
  • Identify exploration safety risks, and prepare an emergency response plan;
  • Describe the process of gaining tenure and access to an exploration property, including identifying interested parties;
  • Summarize the common methods of mining;
  • Prepare maps and cross-sections to display exploration information.
Textbook Materials

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


  • Moon, C.J, Whately, K.G., Evans, A.M.; Introduction to Mineral Exploration; Blackwell Publishing.
  • Stephens, R.; Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials;  Pakawau GeoManagement Inc.
  • Coe, A.L.; Geological Field Techniques;  Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Additional 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 1100 level course).


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

  • No corequisite courses


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 of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO EESC 2nd (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.