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

The Air Force Research Laboratory recognized Neil Pohl, a physics major at Wright State, for his work by naming him Intern of the Week.
Carissa Myers, who graduated in May, discovered her passion for physics as a student at Wright State.

Department News

Mathematics and Statistics Chair Ayşe Şahin appointed dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

Ayşe Şahin has served as professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2015.

Find your path

High school and college students explored health care programs and careers during Wright State’s 17th annual Path to Health Professions Day.

Physics fervor

Wright State physics student Neil Pohl is flourishing as an intern at the Air Force Research Laboratory
The Air Force Research Laboratory recognized Neil Pohl, a physics major at Wright State, for his work by naming him Intern of the Week.

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