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Applied Geography Resources

Cartography and Geographic Information System Lab

The lab is open to currently registered Geography students. For lab hours, please contact Stephanie Calderon

Montgomery College in Rockville possesses one of the largest and most up-to-date computer labs dedicated to applied geography and cartography in the metropolitan area. The labs, located in the Technical Center building, Room 217, opened in the fall of 1999. The lab consists of 18 workstations with ArcGIS and the full Adobe suite. In addition, there is an instructor’s workstation connected to a high-definition projector which facilitates teaching and instruction of software applications.

The lab is used to accommodate the following:

  • Majors pursuing their degree and/or certificate in the Applied Geography program
  • Workshops for the city of Rockville and Montgomery County employees needing additional training
  • Workshops for middle/high school students obtaining career information]
  • Supplement education for non-majors

Food & beverages are not permitted in the lab. If you have any food or drink, please leave it by the front desk. The lab is only available to students currently registered in specific geography courses.

The computers are for work on geographic and cartographic-related class assignments and projects. Other uses are not permitted without permission, e.g. workshops, seminars, internships, other projects and assignments.

Although students may use the small inkjet printer (HP Color LaserJet 5225) to print final or draft copies, limited access is enforced since this printer is not designed for extensive use.
Students must be supervised by the instructor or the lab coordinator to use the plotter (HP 800). Plotter paper and ink should be used judiciously. Due to cost and budget constraints draft copies are made on the small printer, reserving the plotter for final outputs. 

  • Dell P2715Q
  • 24" Flat Panel monitors
  • HP Design Jet 800 Color Plotter
  • HP  Color LaserJet 5225 Printer
  • HP Scan Jet Pro


  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2018
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
  • ArcGIS 10.5
  • MapInfo Pro 16.0
  • Microsoft Office Suite 2016
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.0


Gamma Theta Upsilon-Geographical Honor Society

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness. The goal is to bring together geography majors working towards common goals and projects oriented in the field of geography. Montgomery College was the first two-year institution to be awarded a chapter (Theta Eta) of GTU. The Applied geography program takes pride in its accomplishments, commitments, and students' participation. GTU is one of two honor societies at Montgomery College.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Montgomery College's GTU website. Please take time to browse and read about the many activities of Theta Eta and the Geography Club. My goal as the GTU advisor is to help plan, participate, and encourage students to be active members. As a member of Oklahoma State University's Chi Chapter, I reflect on and understand the significance of student relationships, camaraderie, and achievements. I am extremely proud of our GTU members and participants at Montgomery College for all of their academic accomplishments. There is never a dull moment! I would like to extend an invitation to other GTU societies to visit us on your next trip to the Washington, D.C. metro area. We will accompany you to a dinner night out at one of the local cultural restaurants. We will also be happy to conduct a sightseeing tour if requested in advance. On behalf of all the GTU members and participants, we wish you a successful academic year!

Tanya Allison
Professor, Program Coordinator, and GTU Advisor
Dept. of Applied Technology
Montgomery College
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 567-7614

Jonathan Freel, President
Michael Lancaster, Vice President
Janet Tennent, Secretary
Tom Flynn, Treasurer

  • Encourage professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field
  • Strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory
  • Advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation
  • Encourage student research and promote an outlet for publication and/or presentation
  • Create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of geography
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon membership is earned through superior scholarship; it is an honor and a professional distinction
  • Members receive a handsome certificate, suitable for framing
  • Lifetime membership
  • Many members choose to remain active in GTU after graduation, by joining Omega Omega, the Alumni Chapter of GTU

Benefits of GTU Membership

  • Most chapters sponsor speakers, campus-wide programs, field trips and social events and participate in service functions
  • Members can participate in numerous extra-curricular activities
  • Membership provides a network to become better acquainted with other geography students and can meet and talk with geography faculty informally
  • Members can improve their expertise in the field of geography by learning things not normally addressed in the classroom
  • Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships
  • Membership in an academic honor society is evidence of dedication and competency in the career field. Some employers give hiring preference or incentives to honor society members.
For Membership Information: Ask your local chapter officers or GTU faculty advisor for information on membership procedures, and the many benefits of joining Gamma Theta Upsilon.
This scholarly journal is published twice a year by GTU. Articles concerning any area of geographical interest are solicited from students and faculty. Initiates receive two free issues after initiation and may subsequently renew their subscription.
An Educational Fund was established to support publications, scholarships, and other activities.
Five scholarships are awarded annually to Gamma Theta Upsilon members: three to undergraduates; one to a senior entering graduate school; and one to a continuing graduate student.
The society is governed under a constitution and by-laws. Nine elected officers, including two student representatives, form the Executive Committee. The annual business meeting, held in at the fall meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, is open to all GTU members and other interested persons.
Local Chapters are chartered by Gamma Theta Upsilon at colleges and universities. GTU chapters sponsor a variety of activities that support geographical learning.
The Omega Omega chapter serves alumni of all chapters. After graduation, alumni members are encouraged to join the Omega Omega and receive continuing benefits from active affiliation with the Society.

For more information, contact  Tanya Allison.
Professor, Program Coordinator, and GTU Advisor
Dept. of Applied Technology
Montgomery College
Rockville, Maryland  20850
(240) 567-7614