J-Term is an opportunity to explore introductory engineering courses offered in a special 11-day intensive format to encourage current liberal arts students to test their interests in engineering. For most attendees, this experience is their first exposure to St. Louis and to applied fields of study. The students study and live together, greatly enhancing the educational and social value of the experience. It is an opportunity to get a head-start at building connections and community before enrolling as Dual Degree engineering students.

Eligibility

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.

Vaccination Requirement

All WashU students must be fully vaccinated as specified here, which includes vaccination against COVID-19. Students will be prompted to upload a picture of their COVID-19 vaccination card on the registration form.

J-Term Schedule

  • Sunday, December 26, 2021 — Students should arrive at the hotel by 5 p.m.
  • Monday, December 27, 2021 — Classes start and will be held daily including on New Year’s Day.
  • Friday, January 7, 2022 — Students will depart in the late afternoon.

The schedule includes two days with no afternoon class.

Cost

Regular semester tuition $7,218
Affiliation discount * - $5,223
Program fee $1,995

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

 

Course information

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

Introduction to Electrical and 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 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.

Statics and Mechanics of Materials (3 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.

Meet the J-Term faculty.
Instructor Bios

Students are loaned the required textbook for their course, with the option to purchase at the conclusion of J-Term.

Textbooks

Students are responsible for the rental or purchase of the required textbook for their course as shown below.

Statics and Mechanics of Materials

Textbook:

Statics and Mechanics of Materials
5th Edition
Russell C. Hibbeler
Pearson © 2017
ISBN-13: 9780134382593
ISBN-10: 0134382595

Statics and Mechanics of Materials book cover

Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Circuits

Textbook:

Electric Circuits
10th Edition
James W. Nilsson and Susan A. Riedel
Pearson © 2015
ISBN-13: 9780133760033
ISBN-10: 0133760030

Intro to Electrical and Electronic Circuits book cover

How to Register

To register, students must submit the following to the Dual Degree Program by November 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.

 

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