The departments participating in the Ph.D. program have over 50 laboratories outfitted for biology, chemistry, geosciences, geochemistry, GIS hydrology, ecology, microbiology, molecular ecology and biology, marine and aquatic biology, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry. Specialized equipment includes:


  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS)
  • Inductively couple plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • Inductively couple plasma optical emissions spectrometer (ICP-OES)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • IR/UV/Visible spectrometer
  • High performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC)
  • Digital X-ray powder diffractometer (XRD)
  • Ion Chromatograph (IC)
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) with environmental chamber and EDX


  • PCRs
  • Bioassay laboratory, with temperature/flow controlled aquaria
  • Capillary electrophoresis instrument
  • Temperature-controlled Aquaria with associated plumbing
  • Hemocytometer for cell count
  • Transmission electron microscope (TEM)
  • Standard light microscopes; dissecting scopes
  • DNA sequencer
  • Infra-red gas analyzer to measure gas exchange of plants
  • Pressure chamber to measure water status of plants
  • Scanners to measure leaf and root areas


  • 3-D ground resistivity profiling device
  • Digital ground penetrating radar
  • Standard field surveying equipment
  • Surface and down-hole resistivity logging equipment
  • Sigital shallow seismic exploration equipment.
  • Variable pressure scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray capability
  • Standard light microscopy
  • Bartington MS2 magnetic susceptibility bridge and assorted sensors
  • Geofyzika KLY4 Kappa Bridge

Computer/GIS/Remote Sensing

  • Remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) computer labs for teaching (36 stations) and research, including ArcGIS and ERDAS software, large format plotter, flat-bed scanners, and large format, high resolution drum scanner.
  • Computer aided design (CAD) lab
  • Hyperspectral radiometer
  • Statistical and graphic software
  • Groundwater modeling software (FEFLOW and GMS)
  • Videoconferencing equipment


  • Digital still and video cameras
  • Soil and water sampling and field-testing equipment
  • Trimble Navigation global positioning systems (GPS) and hand-held GPS units
  • Collections of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania rock and sediment samples
  • Collection of marine, estuarine and freshwater fauna

In addition, the College of Science and Mathematics have two Greenhouse facilities. The Passaic River Institute is currently in the process of developing a DEP-certified fee-for-service laboratory for environmental analysis. The Montclair State University Incubator program currently hosts two companies on campus – a biotech company (ReGenesis, Inc.) and an environmental company (SIROM Scientific Solutions).