Applied Business and Information Technology - Program Overview

Bachelor of Applied Science 121 Credits
The BAS in Applied Business and Information Technology (#ABIT) program offers a unique hybrid degree that emphasizes business, entrepreneurship and technology skills. Upon completion of the #ABIT program many students apply for graduate programs, launch an entrepreneurial start-up, or accept employment in a small to large-sized company. It can be completed in 4 years* (8 full-time semesters).

Core Focus Areas:
Business - Accounting, Management and Marketing
Technology - Web Programming, Gaming, Data Science and Cybersecurity

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Careers & Education After ABIT

ABIT graduates go on to pursue a variety of careers in the tech industry or as entrepreneurs. Many graduates continue their higher education and go on to obtain a Master’s degree in Business or Education.

Recent graduates have obtained jobs as:

Sole Entrepreneurs, family business owners, information technology specialists, software developers, data center analysts, and business analysts.

Recent graduates have pursued graduate education in:

Business Administration and Education

Source, ABIT program graduate data based on exit interviews and email contacts, during the period 2016-2018.

Salary Report

Potential Salary Range

This chart shows the expected median annual salaries in Kahului, Hawaii as of June 24th, 2016.

Business Manager Starting Salary: $68,805
Business Manager Average Salary: $83,549
Business Manager High Salary: $98,293

Source: Salary Genius

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What Does it Cost?

Check out the in-state tuition for 2016-2017 across a few UH Campuses:

UH Manoa: $54,813
UH Hilo / West Oahu: $36,300
UH Maui College: $25,686
Western Undergraduate Program

Students enrolled in the Western Undergraduate Exchange pay 1.5 times the rate of in-state tuition. The total WUE tuition cost (121 credits) for 2016-17 is $38,529.

Program Information

The Applied Business & Information Technology (ABIT) program, leading to a baccalaureate degree, offers options to students seeking preparation in small to mid-sized business management, information technology, and related or integrated career opportunities. The mission of the program is to prepare graduates to be productive professionals who can make responsible business decisions and use information technology wisely in a changing world. The curriculum emphasizes business and stresses the effective use of information technology. The program also includes a strong interdisciplinary liberal arts program with courses in the humanities, social sciences, English, communication, and mathematics.

Although this degree can be earned in four years taking 15-17 credits per semester, students taking a lighter load will take longer to complete the requirements. Students interested in the ABIT program are encouraged to contact the ABIT counselor, program coordinator, or faculty member about program requirements.

Only courses numbered 100 or above, and taken with a letter grade, may be applied to the ABIT degree; and for upper division courses only those with a grade C or better may be applied.

Contact program coordinator, Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, at 808-984-3619 or by email at debasisb@hawaii.edu for more information.

  • 1.1 Demonstrate in written or oral form appropriate knowledge of the principles of the essential business disciplines of accounting, economics, finance, law, management, and marketing.
  • 1.2 Apply knowledge of essential business disciplines and use business research methods to analyze information in order to develop solid business plans and strategies, and make effective and efficient business decisions.
  • 1.3 Use leadership and interpersonal skills to promote business ethics, values, and integrity related to professional activities and personal relationships.
  • 2.1 Demonstrate in written or oral form appropriate knowledge of the principles of computer literacy, computer troubleshooting, networking, computer applications and e-commerce.
  • 2.2 Utilize technological tools (e.g., the internet) to conduct business-related research.
  • 2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of operating system, database, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and web development applications by designing, creating, viewing, saving, retrieving and editing appropriate files.
  • 2.4 Apply knowledge of Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Event-Driven Programming (EDP) to designing, creating, and testing computer programs.
  • 2.5 Apply knowledge of E-commerce by designing, creating, and testing appropriate E-commerce sites using development tools.
  • 3.1 Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate information, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • 3.2 Use information retrieval and technology.
  • 3.3 Apply quantitative reasoning to enhance independent or group decision-making skills.
  • 3.4 Communicate effectively with others utilizing appropriate forms of oral communication methods including multimedia presentations that applying information technologies and serve particular audiences and purposes.
  • 3.5 Demonstrate an appropriate level of written communication.

1. Pre-ABIT: 9 credits
Completion of pre-ABIT courses as outlined in above -ENG 100, ICS 101 or BUSN 150, and MATH 115 (all with a grade C or better)..

2. Business Core: 30 credits
ACC 201, 202, 300; BLAW 200; BUS 310, 320; ECON 130, 131; MGT 310; and MKT 300.

3. Information Technology Core: 21 or 22 credits
ICS 110 or ICS 169, ICS 111 (4 credits) or ICS 184, ICS 200 or ICS 171, ICS 320, ICS 360, ICS 385, and ICS 418.

4. General Education: 27 credits
COM 459; ENG 209, 316; Hawaiian Emphasis; HIST 152; HUM 400; PHIL 301 or 323; PSY 100 or SOC 100; SP 251 or equivalent oral communication.

5. Optional Co-op Internship Project: 3 credits
A 3-credit BUS 393v cooperative ed project is optional.

6. Capstone Course: 6 credits
BUS 495 and 496 to be taken the last year with approval of the ABIT Committee.

7. Natural Science: 4 credits
Four credits including a lab.

8. Writing Intensive: 12 credits
Minimum of 12 credits of writing intensive courses at the 100-level or higher; at least 3 credits in 100-299 level courses; and at least 6 credits in 300-level or higher.

9. Minimum of 121 non-repeated qualifying credit hours: ABIT majors are required to earn a letter grade (e.g., A,B,C, etc.) in all upper division courses required for the ABIT program.

10. Grade Point Average:
At least a 2.0 UH Maui College cumulative GPA, as well as a 2.5 GPA in courses required for the ABIT major. Grade C or better is required in all upper division courses applied to the ABIT degree.

11. Graduation Requirement:
To be awarded the BAS degree, students must complete an Application for Graduation form obtained from Student Services. See Academic Calendar for deadline.

12. Residency Requirement:
A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at UH Maui College and a minimum of 8 upper division courses (24 credits) in Business or Information Technology including the Capstone course.

13. Upper Division Business Electives: 12 credits. Courses can be 3xx or 4xx courses from BUS, MGT, MKT, FIN or ACC areas. For a list of courses, please contact ABIT Program Coordinator.

14. Lower Division Electives: 9 credits. Students wishing to pursue graduate students should consider taking Calculus I as a lower division elective.

Interested in Cybersecurity?

The ABIT program offers certificates and courses in this exciting and emerging field! For more details, check out our Cybersecurity Certificate Worksheet 2016-2017 (PDF).
All courses are taught completely online.

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Take The Next Step

Request more information about this program or contact:

Faculty and Program Coordinator:
Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya, JD, DBA
808 984 3619
View Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya's profile on LinkedIn

ABIT Counselor:
Linda Fujitani
808 984 3226 (phone)
808 984 3872 (fax)
808 984 3306 (appointments)

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