Department of Physics

Why Study Physics at Wright State?

Wright State’s Department of Physics has a track record you can count on! If you want to pursue a challenging but rewarding career, consider our four undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs and five graduate degree programs.

Our graduates are professors, scientists, and engineers employed at national laboratories and a variety of private companies. They also work outside of science and engineering as medical doctors and legal counsel for corporations.

Since 1965, more than 300 students have successfully completed their physics studies at Wright State. Many of our graduates are or have been employed with area companies such as the Air Force Research Laboratory, Berriehill Research Corporation, Cornerstone Research, Defense Research Associates, Mound Labs, Photon-X, Prime Control, SET Associates, Spectral Energetics, and Spectral Energies. These are just a few companies that hire Wright State physics graduates for both careers and internships/co-ops.

You can find work here in Dayton—but you can also complete your studies here. First, choose an undergraduate program. When you do, consider our 4+1 dual-degree option that allows you to complete your B.S. and M.S. in five years. Finish your preparation with a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary applied science and mathematics that will give you the education needed to apply for any position, anywhere, in this field! 

Areas of Research

  • Biophysics 
  • Chemical sensing 
  • Computational physics 
  • Electrical properties of random media 
  • Geophysics 
  • High temperature superconductivity 
  • Ionospheres 
  • Magnetic properties of materials 
  • Materials science 
  • Metallic nanoparticles 
  • Modeling of biological processes 
  • Molecular spectroscopy 
  • Optical characterization of solids 
  • Percolation theory 
  • Physics education 
  • Quantum electronics 
  • Scaling phenomena 
  • Semiconductor electrical and optical characterizations 
  • Solid state electronics 
  • Terahertz imaging 
  • Terahertz Research Cluster 
  • Theoretical physics 
  • Thermospheres of earth and planets 
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy 

Degrees and Programs

Success Stories

Carissa Myers, who graduated in May, discovered her passion for physics as a student at Wright State.

Becca Ewing was familiar with Wright State since her dad had worked on campus as an Army ROTC professor. As the salutatorian of her high school class in Batavia, OH, Wright State offered her excellent financial aid, with the added benefit of being close to home.

Department News

Faculty members honored for excellent service at Wright State

The Faculty Awards for Excellence recognize faculty members for their excellent work in the areas of teaching, research, community engagement, professional service and early career achievement.

University Professor

Allen G. Hunt
Since joining the Wright State faculty in 2004, Allen Hunt, professor of physics, has excelled in his research, teaching and service activities.

Top research stories in 2020

From a new MRI scanner to access to a unique 3D laser printer to imaging and treating ovarian cancer, Wright State faculty and students pursued important research endeavors in 2020.

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