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 internship/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

Adam Steiner

“It had always been my plan to pursue college education after my time in the military was over. I missed the Ohio Valley and the stability it brought to my life, so I decided to settle in my
hometown of Xenia and attend Wright State. After building close and very genuine relationships with professors and classmates alike, and after becoming involved in the physics department through tutoring, supplemental instruction, and a research opportunity, I knew Wright State was the place for me. My advice to students interested in the sciences is to make sure it’s something that you really want and thoroughly enjoy. Pursuing a degree in science or mathematics will challenge you, but the time and effort you put into achieving a degree in these areas will feel much less like work and more like fun if you do it for yourself and truly love the field.”

Department News

Team led by Wright State professor Elliott Brown wins prestigious IEEE Best Paper Award for polarimetric radar work

Elliott Brown, the Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Sensors Physics, and his team of researchers were recognized for their research on the polarization of electromagnetic radiation, or radio waves.

Gender matters

Wright State assistant professor Adrienne Traxler co-authors equity article in prestigious Physics Today magazine
Adrienne Traxler, assistant professor of physics, examined systemic bias against women in physics and how what physicists can do to improve things.

College of Science & Mathematics Top Scholar

Celebrating academic excellence featuring CoSM and Physics' Top Scholar Becca Ewing

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.

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