Department of Geography

Welcome to the Geography Department!

The department offers three majors supported by more than 50 courses that are taught by faculty who are dedicated teachers and active scholars.

The department is home to up-to-date computer, laboratory, and instructional facilities and equipment.

Our alumni secure jobs with private companies and government in the fields of Earth science, environmental analysis, GIS, planning, and education. Please explore our website to learn more about us and what we have to offer.

What is Geography?

Geography is the study of the Earth as our habit and home. Geography uses critical thinking, inquiry, and observation to better understand our planet's diverse human and natural systems.

Geography is the academic discipline which explains "the why of where." Geographers map phenomena on Earth and develop evidence-based explanations for why such patterns exist.

How and why do places differ? What processes formed the physical, cultural, and biological landscapes around us? What are the consequences of various human interactions with the natural environment? We ask these questions at local, regional, national, and global scales.

  • Soil Analysis at Finzel Swamp
    Soil Analysis at Finzel Swamp

Our students do geography as well as study it!

For More Information

Please feel free to contact the department with any questions or concerns at the following addresses and numbers:

Department of Geography
Frostburg State University
Gunter Hall
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2303

Phone: 301.687.4369
Fax: 301.687.4495

Administrative Contact: Gale A. Yutzy

The Department of Geography is part of the FSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Office of Admissions 
Frostburg State University 
101 Braddock Road 
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303 

Dr. Richard Russo 
Department of Geography 
Gunter Hall 231