Department of Geography
207 Arts and Sciences Building
1000 E University Ave
7:30 am - 5:00 pm M-F
Laramie, WY 82071
Gamma Theta Upsilon began as a geography club at Illinois State University-Normal, founded by Professor Robert G. Buzzard in the 1920's. In 1928, Gamma Theta Upsilon was formed as a professional geography fraternity, with this club as its Alpha Chapter. Within three years, the fraternity had become a national organization, with additional chapters at University of Northern Iowa, Iowa; Sam Houston State Teachers College, Texas; State Teachers College, Pennsylvania; and Southwest Missouri State College, Missouri. There are now more than 200 chapters and the organization has become an international one. Region divisions, similar to those used by the Association of American Geographers were established in 1972.
Gamma Theta Upsilon recognizes five official purposes:
1. To further professional interest in geography by affording a common
organization for those interested in this field.
2. To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences
other than those of the classroom and laboratory.
3. To advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline for
study and investigation.
4. To encourage student research of high quality and to provide an outlet of
5. To create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in
the field of geography.