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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 how credits from BSME courses typically transfer to participants’ home institutions.
BSME typically offers the following mathematics education courses that have a shared goal of engaging participants in the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching.
- PRC Practicum: Experiencing the Hungarian Approach through Observation and Teaching
- DLP Discovery Learning: The Pósa Method
- GPS Teaching Geometry through Problem Solving
- GMP Gamification and Playfulness in Teaching Mathematics
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.
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).
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.
- 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.
- You are welcome to take any BSM mathematics course, except for RES Research Opportunities. If you’re not sure which one you should take, please ask us!
- 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.
- We also offer courses in humanities, language, and/or culture that are cross-listed with BSME. Please ask us for the list of such courses during each semester.
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.
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.