Since BIHE is a comprehensive tertiary education institution, it offers four Associate Degrees with vocational and career orientations. An Associate Degree is equivalent to two years or seventy credit hours of academic study.
Associate Degrees consist of broad general education and concentration requirements. Currently, the Associate Degrees offered at BIHE include:
- Civil Construction
- Computer Technology
- Early Childhood Education
BIHE believes that associate degrees are central to carry out the aims of higher education and that liberal education and vocational training are inherently intertwined. We seek to establish a balanced curricular framework which emphasizes intellectual development, aesthetic appreciation, and the acquisition of useful trades and professions for the utilization of knowledge. We agree with the observation of the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead that "the antithesis between a technical and a liberal education is fallacious. There can be no adequate technical education which is not liberal, and no liberal education which is not technical; that is, no education which does not impart both technique and intellectual vision."
The Associate Degree in Accounting is an undergraduate program intended to train individuals to enter the job market after passing 4 semesters program of study. This program is designed to satisfy a portion of accounting and financial needs of the country.
The Associate Degree in civil construction is training skilled people and enables them to enter the market of civil construction in a period of 2 to 2.5 years. These experts can work in cooperation with both designers and executives in the workplace.
The Associate Degree in Computer Technology program is a 2-year undergraduate degree that prepares students for starting their professional career in computing, especially in software development and embedded systems design positions.
Early Childhood Education
Education is an essential goal of every society. People develop educational principles gradually through assiduous mental and spiritual effort. Therefore, the early childhood associate program takes students on a crucial journey to provide them with a scientific, spiritual, perceptual, and technical education to enable them to be effective educators of young children.