J-Term offers prospective Dual Degree students the opportunity to take an introductory course offered at Washington University in St. Louis in a special 11-day intensive format to encourage current liberal arts students to test their interests in engineering.

J-Term is many students first exposure to WashU's campus, the surrounding neighborhoods, and engineering coursework. Get a head start in your studies, earning three degree-credits and networking with your future classmates before you even enroll in the Dual Degree program.

The deadline to submit your registration and the non-refundable deposit is Nov. 15.


Students must have a GPA of B-plus (3.25 out of 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 mechanics, electron motion, electricity and magnetism.

J-Term Schedule

The 2019-2020 J-Term will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 7. Students should arrive by 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 and will depart in the late afternoon on Jan. 7. Beginning Dec. 27, class will be held daily, including New Year's Day. The schedule includes two days with no afternoon class.

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



Students will select one of the following courses to take during J-Term.

Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Circuits (Three 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 Kirchhof'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 impedancer and output impedance.

Engineering Mechanics I (Three units)

A 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 will stay close to campus at the Drury Inn & Suites in double rooms. All rooms and common space include wired Internet access. Fitness equipment and an indoor/outdoor pool are also available on-site. The hotel is within walking distance of The Boulevard shopping district and Saint Louis Galleria Mall.


Regular semester tuition $6,549
Program fees ** $1,435
Affiliation discount * - $5,999
Program fee

* 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, transportation to/from hotel and campus, daily hot breakfast at hotel, lunches on campus, course textbook rental, and other miscellaneous expenses. Students should budget for travel to and from St. Louis, dinner, personal expenses and snacks. If a single hotel room is desired, an additional $800 is applied to the program fee.

How to Register

To register, students must submit the following to the Dual Degree Program by Nov. 15:

  • Complete online registration form. Your liaison officer will be contacted to verify your registration.
  • Non-refundable deposit of $250. Payment can be made online through the registration form or by mailing a check or money order to:
Washington University in St. Louis
Engineering Dual Degree Program J-Term
Campus Box 1100
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


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