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Geography: Current Student Resources

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU)  is an international honor society in geography. It was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931.  In 1976, GTU became a voting member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS).

The society is governed under a constitution and bylaws. Nine elected officers, including two student representatives, form the executive committee. The annual business meeting, held at the fall meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education is open to all GTU members.

The purposes of GTU are: to further professional interest in geography; to strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom; to advance the status of geography as a discipline for study and investigation; to encourage student research and to promote an outlet for publication; and to create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of geography.

Epsilon Pi Phi

Undergraduate membership to Epsilon Pi Phi is open to individuals who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Regularly enrolled and pursuing a degree or academic certificate studies program with a major or minor in emergency management.
  • Have completed 15 semester hours of course work in emergency management and 24 semester hours of total academic course work.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4-point scale and an overall average 3.5 on a 4-point scale in the major courses.
  • Must have one letter of reference.  The letter must be from an academic adviser, professor or dean of the academic institute the student is attending.

For more information about either of these memberships, contact Dr. Thomas Mueller.

Travel Tourism Research Association

California University of Pennsylvania is affiliated with the international Travel and Tourism Research Association as a student chapter. The TTRA is an international association of travel research and marketing professionals. The Cal U Travel and Tourism Research Association hosts an annual regional conference and attends the international TTRA conference each year.
For further information about membership, contact Dr. Susan Ryan at ryan@calu.edu.

Attending International Conferences


An interactive classroom experience plus real-world projects and internships comprise the learning experience. Cal U’s geography programs provide  many additional opportunities for student development outside of the classroom, including organizing  on-campus events, trips, social activities, and regional and international conferences.

Geography Facilities

In addition to a commitment to classroom and extracurricular excellence, the tourism studies program offers its students exclusive use of superior equipment, resources and facilities. The newly constructed Tourism and Geography Instructional Facility, housed within the Department of Earth Sciences, is a hub of research and instruction within the tourism studies program. This state-of-the-art facility provides students access to some of the most up-to-date equipment and software available in this field of study.

GIS and emergency management students have access to the Institute for Analysis of Safety and Security Issues Using Spatial Technology (I-Assist) laboratory. The existence of this technological facility provides a number of significant outreach, community service, service-based education, teacher education, and college and high school student educational programs. Examples include the following:

  1. Crime mapping
  2. GIS and emergency management projects
  3. Emergency preparedness education (college and K-12)