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Geological Mapping 1

Course Code: EAES 2800
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

course prerequisites

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:

  • EAES 1121 or GEOL 1121 or EAES 2340 or GEOL 2420


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

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.