Fall & Spring: Overview

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BSME is offering an online program in the Spring 2021 semester.

Academic Overview

A BSME semester lasts 15 weeks (14 weeks of classes and 1 week of exams). We offer complementary experiences that support participants’ understanding of the learning and teaching of mathematics. The sections below describe the various components of the BSME academic program. 

  • See this page for the current academic offerings and course syllabi.
  • See this page for how credits from BSME courses typically transfer to participants’ home institutions.

Mathematics Education Courses

BSME typically offers the following mathematics education courses that have a shared goal of engaging participants in the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching. 

  • Practicum: Experiencing the Hungarian Approach through Observation and Teaching (PRC)
  • Discovery Learning: The Pósa Method (DLP)
  • Teaching Geometry through Problem Solving (GPS)
  • Gamification and Playfulness in Teaching Mathematics (GMP)

Directed Research

BSME offers a guided research opportunity in mathematics education, which includes introduction to background material, design and implementation of a research project, and public dissemination of the findings (presentation and/or paper). The research topic centers on guided discovery — the specific research focus is determined by the participants each semester.

BSME Field Experience

For additional teaching experiences, BSME participants may take part in a field experience in which they prepare and teach extra-curricular mathematics classes for grade 5–8 students at Derkovits School, a public school in Budapest (website in Hungarian only).

Courses Cross-Listed with BSME

The following types of courses are cross-listed with BSME.

BSM mathematics courses: BSM offers a large selection of interesting and challenging mathematics courses. Typical BSM course offerings are on this page (scroll down to “History” section).

  • You may take at most one BSM mathematics course.
  • Those who wish to take a BSM mathematics course is required to attend the BSM academic orientation, which is held on Friday before the first day of classes. 
  • Mathematics courses that are cross-listed with BSME are on this page.
  • You are welcome to take any BSM mathematics course (except for RES Research Opportunities), even if it’s not cross-listed with BSME.
  • BSM mathematics courses tend to be more challenging than typical undergraduate courses. Be sure to check the syllabi of these courses for the prerequisite knowledge needed.

Humanities/Language/Culture courses:

  • We also offer courses in humanities, language, and/or culture that are cross-listed with BSME.

Physical Education Courses

  • BSME students can attend various PE courses offered through McDaniel College.
  • A PE class will be listed on your transcript with 0 credit earned. If you take two PE classes, you will earn 0.25 credit total on your BSME transcript.

Courses Outside of BSME Offerings

Refer to this page for information on other courses that are offered through McDaniel College or Aquincum Institute of Technology courses (AIT).

Course Selection Guidelines

BSME participants typically take 4 or 5 courses, although this may vary according to the individual. Here are the guidelines that we strongly recommend:

  • Take Practicum: Experiencing the Hungarian Approach through Observation and Teaching (PRC)
  • Take at least one of Discovery Learning: The Pósa Method (DLP) or Teaching Geometry through Problem Solving (GPS). Participants may elect to take both of these.
  • Take at least three education related courses (BSME math education courses and Directed Research).

Note: We recognize the different backgrounds of BSME participants, and we will work with each participant to come up with a course load that best suits his or her needs.