J-Term (January Intensive Term)

J-Term is an opportunity to explore introductory engineering course offered in a special 11 class-day intensive format to encourage current liberal arts students to test their interests in engineering.


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 mechanics, electron motion, electricity and magnetism.

December 26, 2018-January 7, 2019

Students should arrive by 5 p.m. on December 26.

Students will depart in the late afternoon on January 7.

Starting December 27, 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

MorningHot 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, hot dinner options at hotel

Courses (choose one)

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 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 indoor/outdoor pool is also available onsite. The hotel is within walking distance of The Boulevard shopping district and Saint Louis Galleria Mall.


Regular Semester Tuition$6,549
Program Fees **
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

Send the following to the Dual Degree Program:

  • Registration form (.pdf) 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
Campus Box 1100
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130