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Mineralogy and Petrology

The course covers mineral chemistry, optical microscopy and classification of minerals in common rocks.

mountain range at dusk with a nice full moon to the right of the frame
The crest between the Valnontey and the Valeille valleys in the Gran Paradiso National Park. The main mountain in the center is called Punta Patrì and the two small "points" to the right of the image are called "Dito degli Apostoli". Photo: Paola Manzotti

The course covers sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous petrology with description and classification of common sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.

Course period Spring 2023: Period 1 (16 January–15 February)


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    C. Klein & A. Philpotts, 2012 or 2017.
    Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology
    Cambridge University Press.

    ISBN: 9780521145213

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

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