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

Wright State faculty member Adrienne Traxler receives federal grant to investigate remote teaching by physics faculty

Adrienne Traxler, associate professor of physics, will study the sources physics faculty members use to master remote teaching, including people, websites and social media.

Keeping talent at home

Wright State’s partnership with Leidos helps build a skilled and diverse workforce
Nearly 100 Wright State graduates work out of the Beavercreek office of Leidos, which has nurtured a pipeline of talent from the university.

College of Science and Mathematics’ Festival of Research to showcase talent

The Festival of Research will showcase Wright State student and faculty research and scholarship on Sept. 20 in the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building.

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