2023-2024 / GEOL1034-1

Crystallography and Mineralogy - Part B


10h Th, 20h Pr, 3d FW

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology4 crédits 


Frédéric Hatert

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


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. Reflected light microscopy.
2. Crystal chemistry.
3. Macroscopic identification of minerals.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course has a double goal: identify minerals in hand samples, and with the polarizing microscope (reflected 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. The macroscopic identification of minerals is not included in the hours mentioned in the programm of this course (personal supplementary training).

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 is 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. Editions Ellipses, Paris. Price: 35 Euros.

Examinations in June. Oral examination for theory. 2 practical examinations for microscopy and macroscopic identifcation.
No partial dispenses at examinations.

Work placement(s)

3 days of field-trip are organized in the Eifel region, Germany.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Laptops, tablets and mobile phones forbidden.


Prof. Frédéric Hatert
Lab of Mineralogy B18

Assistant Martin Depret

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