Washington University in St. Louis


J-Term (January Intensive Term)

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science invites dual degree students to explore engineering, Washington University and St. Louis during January Intensive Term. J-Term uses a concentrated, 11 class-day format and is held at a time when many institutions schedule either a semester break or a short, midwinter session where off-campus study is encouraged.


Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits
3 units

Electron and ion motion, electrical current and voltage. Electrical energy, current, voltage, and circuit elements. Resistors, Ohm´s Law, power and energy, magnetic fields and dc motors. Circuit analysis and Kirchhoff´s voltage and current laws. Thevenin and Norton transformations and the superposition theorem. Measuring current, voltage, and power using ammeters and voltmeters. Energy and maximum electrical power transfer. Computer simulations of circuits. Reactive circuits, inductors, capacitors, mutual inductance, electrical transformers, energy storage, and energy conservation. RL, RC and RLC circuit transient responses, biological cell action potentials due to Na and K ions. AC circuits, complex impedance, RMS current and voltage. Electrical signal amplifiers and basic operational amplifier circuits. Inverting, non-inverting, and difference amplifiers. Voltage gain, current gain, input impedance, and output impedance.

Engineering Mechanics I
3 units

Foundational course for Mechanical Engineering. Study of mechanical structures that are stationary and not in motion. Rigid bodies or structures and how they maintain the equilibrium. The type forces acting on them; how to reduce the multiple forces into an equivalent force; analysis of trusses, frames, and machines; how to find the center of an area are the key features of first half of the course. What happens to a structure internally while all different forces are acting on them. The stress, strain, strength, stiffness are some of the features would help you to understand different materials and determine how strong or stiff is a structure. Hands-on fun projects included.


Students must have a GPA of B+ (3.25/4.0) or better overall and in science and mathematics courses. Pre-requisite courses: Calculus III and a semester of calculus-based Physics which covers electron motion, electricity and magnetism.


Students should arrive by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014. Students will depart in the late afternoon on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Starting Saturday, December 27, 2014 class will be held daily. Classes will be held on New Year's Day. The schedule includes two days with no afternoon class.

Example Daily Schedule

Morning Hot breakfast at hotel
8:30 a.m. Shuttle departs hotel for campus
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lecture
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.     Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lecture/problem solving session/Teaching Assistant office hours
5:30 p.m. Shuttle departs campus for hotel


Students will stay close to campus at the Residence Inn at the St. Louis Galleria in double or triple suites which feature separate living, kitchen and sleeping areas. All suites include wired Internet access. Fitness equipment is also available onsite. The hotel is within walking distance of the Boulevard District and Galleria Mall shopping. The adjacent MetroLink (light rail) provides access to the airport, WU’s campus, the Loop, downtown St. Louis and other fun neighborhoods.


The $1,875 program fee covers tuition, textbook, hotel (double or triple suite), daily hot breakfast, and lunches on class days. Students should budget for travel to and from St. Louis, personal expenses and dinners (each hotel suite is equipped with a kitchen).

Regular Semester Tuition $5,712
Additional Program Fees ** $1,298
Affiliation Discount * - $5,135

Program Fee $1,875

* J-Term Affiliation discount will be awarded to students attending a college or university affiliated with the Washington University Dual Degree Engineering Program.

** Program fees include hotel charges, transportation to/from hotel and campus, some meals, course textbook and other miscellaneous expenses.

How to Register

Send the following to the Dual Degree Program:

  • Registration form with Liaison Officer signature.
  • Non-refundable deposit of $250 (check or money order made out to Washington University).

Mailing address:
Washington University in St. Louis
Engineering Dual Degree Program J-Term
CB 1100
1 Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130

J-Term Deadlines & Forms

  • Dual Degree Program J-Term Flier (.pdf)
  • November 15
    Registration form and $250 non-refundable deposit
  • December 1
    Remaining balance of $1,625

    Full refunds minus the deposit will be issued for student cancellations made by December 3, 2014. Cancellations made after this date will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Full refunds including the deposit will be issued to students if the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment by December 5, 2014.

    Registration Form (465 KB .pdf)

Dual Degree Program Staff

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