Earned his B.A. and M.A. in Geography from the University of Utah, and holds ABD status in Geography from Syracuse University.
Klaus has been both a "regular" Instructor and an Adjunct Instructor for the Geography Department at Weber State University since 1978. He has also been the Associate Editor of the History of Geography Newsletter, Geologic Publications Editor for the Utah Geological and Mineral Survey, Publications Editor for Atlas Publishing Company, and served on the Association of American Geographers Committee on Archives and History.
His teaching interests include Cartography, Urban Geography, Economic, World Regional, and Physical Geography, Geography of Utah, Historical Geography, Geography of Religion, Cultural Geography, and History of Geography. His publications include four geography books and The Atlas of Utah (he was the Editor). He has also published over twenty five professional papers including Zu Carl Ritters Einfluss auf die Entwicklung der Geographie in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, in Manfred Buttner (ed.), and Carl Ritter: Zur Europaisch-Amerikanischen Geographie an der Wend (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh, 1980), with the world-renowned geographer, Richard Hartshorne.