2023-2024 / GEOL0320-1

Cosmochemistry and geochemistry


25h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology2 crédits 


Jacqueline Vander Auwera

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Following an introduction to the early differentiation of the Earth, the first part of the course is devoted to the tools of geochemistry (trace elements, isotopic geochemistry). In the second part, the successive parts of the Earth (core, mantle, continental and oceanic crusts) are successively studied using the informations and constraints provided by geochemistry.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The intent of this course is to introduce the students to geochemistry.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Reference is being made to notions of thermodynamics and chemistry (CHIM0738-1, PHYS0188-7-1) as well as to the topics provided in the course on "Theoretical petrology" (GEOL0026-2) and "Cristallography and Mineralogy" (GEOL1033-1 et GEOL1034-1). The courses of "Tectonics" (GEOL0029-5),  "Mineralogy and Radiocristallography" (GEOL1037-1 et GEOL1038-1) and of "Magmatic petrology" (GEOL1035-1) are co-requisites.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

12 lectures of 2H in which exercises are included.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Notes provided during the lectures.
-Albarède, F. (2001). La géochimie, Gordon and Breach.
-Henderson, P. (1982). Inorganic geochemistry. Pergamon Press.
-White, W.M. (2013). Geochemistry. Wiley-Blackwell

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


J. Vander Auwera-Coppens Pétrologie, Géochimie endogènes et pétrophysique, B20 Tél: 04/366.22.53, e-mail:mailto:jvdauwera@ulg.ac.be Secrétariat: Mrs M. Guadagnano and J. Schmetz Tél: 04/366.22.51, m.guadagnano@uliege.be, joelle.schmetz@ulg.ac.be

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