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Geological Resources

Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 83.0
Length: Two years
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview

Get the skills needed to work in mining and mineral exploration as a geological technician with the two-year Geological Resources Diploma.

Geological technicians work outdoors in some of the most beautiful – and remote – places on Earth, collecting and identifying samples of rocks and minerals, prospecting and more for the mining and mineral-exploration industries.

The program is a combination of academic knowledge and applied learning. You’ll do two hands-on fieldwork components, which give you the chance to do the work of a geological technician, as well as go on field trips to mines and exploration operations to see how they work.

Once you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and training to find work immediately.

If you decide you want to complete a geology degree, or a degree in a related field, such as geography, geophysics, geochemistry or engineering, you can transfer your (60) credits to SFU or another research university in B.C.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Required successful completion of 83.00 Credits
  • A minimum of 50% (41.50)  of the required credits must be taken at Douglas College.
  • All courses must be University Transferable ***

*** A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

**Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

3.00

ENGL Elective

One ENGL Course (1100 – 1999)

3.00

*Select one course from the following two options:

CHEM 1110

The Structure of Matter

4.00

CHEM 1210

Chemical Energetics and Dynamics

5.00

*Select one course from the following two options:

MATH 1110

Precalculus

4.00

MATH 1120

Calculus I

3.00

*Select one course from the following four options:

PHYS 1107

Introductory General Physics I

5.00

PHYS 1110

Mechanics

5.00

PHYS 1207 Introductory General Physics II

5.00

PHYS 1210 Electromagnetism, Optics, Modern Physics

5.00

Select one course from the following two options:

EAES 1120

Introduction to Earth Sciences

3.00

GEOG 1120

Introduction to Earth Sciences

3.00

Required courses:

EAES 1121

History of the Earth

3.00

EAES 1500

Field Methods 1

4.00

EAES 1900

Resources from the Earth

3.00

EAES 2340

Sedimentology & Stratigraphy

4.00

EAES 2400

Introduction to Mineralogy

4.00

EAES 2410

Introduction to Petrology

4.00

EAES 2500

Field Methods 2

4.00

EAES 2550

Structural Geology

4.00

EAES 2800

Geological Mapping 1

4.00

EAES 2810

Geological Mapping 2

4.00

EAES 2851

Geological Information Systems

3.00

EAES 2900

Exploration and Mining 1

4.00

EAES 2910

Exploration and Mining 2

4.00

GEOG 2270

Geographic Information Systems

3.00

To bring total credits to 83 students can select courses from the following UT electives:

UT*** Elective Credits

ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, EAES, ENGR, GEOL, MATH, PHYS, GEOG

Recommended courses include:

*** NOTE THAT ONLY ONE OF GEOG 1120, GEOL 1120 OR EAES 1120 WILL RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM***

11.00 – 13.00

Total Credits

83.00

* The selection of courses in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics will depend on a student's educational background and university transfer goals. For example, a student who graduated from secondary school with Pre-Calculus Mathematics 12, Chemistry 12 and Physics 12 may wish to eventually transfer to a university degree program and might choose to take appropriate higher-level courses such as MATH 1120, CHEM 1110 and PHYS 1210.

** The selection of an English or Communications course is quite flexible as long as the course emphasizes writing skills. In second year, students will write many reports.

*** A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide. 

Progress Requirement for Full-Time Continuation in the Program

In order to continue in the program with priority registration, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. maintain a 2.0 GPA;
  2. in the first year complete EAES 1120 (or GEOG 1120), EAES 1121, EAES 1900, GEOG 2270, and MATH 1110 (or 1105 or 1120).
  3. complete at least 27 program-eligible credits in the period September through May, which must include at least 4 EAES courses. 

Students who are dropped from the Program will no longer receive priority registration, but may continue at their own pace and graduate with the Geological Resources Diploma when they have met all the graduation requirements.

Availability of Courses in the Geological Resources Diploma Program

Course offerings are limited, and some courses are offered only once per year. Students should therefore plan their courses carefully before registration and in consultation with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Students should be aware that achieving a C- or better is required for all courses that are prerequisites.

admission requirements

Applicants to the Geological Resources Diploma Program must meet the following to receive admission to the program and priority registration:

  • General College admission requirements.
  • Mathematics 11 (Pre-Calculus Mathematics or Foundations of Mathematics) with C or better plus Douglas College Pre-Calculus Placement test score of 20 or better.
  • Chemistry 11 with C or better.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

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

curriculum notice

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