2023-2024 / GEOL1033-1

Crystallography and Mineralogy - Part A


20h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology4 crédits 


Frédéric Hatert

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

This course concerns the basics of Mineralogy, for students in Bloc2 Geology. The main chaptes are:
1. Geometric crystallography.
2. Optical crystallography.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course has a double goal: (I) understand the morphology, the crystal structure, and the chemical composition of mineral; and (II) identify minerals with the polarizing microscope (transmitted light).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

For this course, prerequisite basic knowledges are necessary (level Bloc1): mathematics, trigonometry, physics, optics, and inorganic chmistry.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Numerous hours of practical identification of minerals under the microscope.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face learning. It is absolutely necessary to attend all practicals.
Some chapters may be managed via podcasts.
This lecture will be given in "Vintage Teatching" mode (see https://www.minera.uliege.be/ for more details).

Recommended or required readings

Book to buy; F Hatert. Minéralogie: connaître et reconnaître les minéraux. Edition Ellipses, Paris. Price: 35 Euros.

Examinations in January. Oral examination for theory. Practical examination for microscopy.
No partial dispenses at examinations.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Laptops, tablets and mobile phones forbidden.


Prof. Frédéric Hatert
Lab of Mineralogy B18

Assistant Martin Depret

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Optical properties of minerals
Description of optical properties of minerals

Mineralogy (part I)
Powerpoint of the baisc mineralogy course