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Exploration and Mining 1

Course Code: EAES 2900
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 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.

course prerequisites

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

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.