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).

What is your passion?

If your passion lies in any of the following, the ABIT program is for you!

  1. Mobile Web Programming
  2. Creative Media Development
  3. Hacking and Digital Forensics
  4. Programming Drones
  5. Big Data Analysis

The ABIT program transforms your technology passion into a viable business proposition!

Interested in Cybersecurity?

The ABIT program offers the following certificates and courses in this exciting and emerging field!

Certificate of Competence (CO) in Cybersecurity (12 credits, available now!):

(All courses are taught completely online via the WWW)

  • ICS 101 – Digital Tools for an Information World (3 credits)…introduction to digital technology.
  • ICS 169 – Introduction to Information Security (3 credits)…covers 8 core areas of ISC2
  • ICS 184 – Introduction to Networking (3 credits)…covers CompTIA Network+
  • ICS 171 – Introduction to Computer Security (3 credits)…covers CompTIA Security+

Certificate of Assurance (CA) in Cybersecurity (24 credits, starting Fall 2016):

(All 4 courses required in the above Certificate of Competence, plus 4 below)

  • ICS 281 – Ethical Hacking (3 credits)…covers EC-Council CEH
  • ICS 282 – Digital Forensics (3 credits)…covers Access Data’s Forensic Toolkit
  • ENG 100 – English Composition I (3 credits) or equivalent
  • MATH 103 – College Algebra (3 credits) or equivalent

Other Courses in the ABIT program that are required for Cybersecurity Education!

  • ICS 110 – Introduction to Programming (3 credits)
  • ICS 111 – Introduction to Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • ICS 200 – Web Technology (or Web Programming, 3 credits)
  • ICS 319 – Operating Systems (3 credits)
  • ICS 360 – Database Design and Development (3 credits)
  • BUS 310 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions (3 credits)

National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) –

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE) Education Program

UHMC supports the cybersecurity education and academic guidelines from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). All courses above are mapped to Knowledge Units (KUs) published by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CDE) Education Program. More details of the program and KUs can be found here.

Careers 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:

  1. Information Technology Specialists
  2. Software Developers
  3. Data Center Analysts
  4. Business Analysts
  5. Marketing Analysts

For a great analysis on Cybersecurity jobs in 2015, check out the report from Burning Glass!


Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

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 at hawaii dot edu for more information.

Upon successful completion of the ABIT Program, the student should be able to:

  • 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.
A student may apply for admission as a classified ABIT major upon successful completion of the following three admission requirements: ENG 100, ICS 101 or BUSN 150, and MATH 103 (all with a grade C or better).

Full-time lower division students would take courses in this sequence:

Freshman Year (Fall)
ECON 131 Principals of Economics: Macroeconomics
ICS 101 or BUSN 150 Intro to Computing
HIST 152 World Civilizations II
ENG 100 Composition I
MATH 103 College Algebra
Freshman Year (Spring)
ECON 130 Principal of Economics: Microeconomics
PSY 100 or SOC 100
Hawaiian emphasis course
ENG 209 Business & Managerial Writing
MATH 135 Pre-Calculus: Elementary Functions
Sophomore Year (Fall)
ACC 201 Financial Accounting
ICS 110 Intro to Computer Programming
SP 251 or equivalent oral communication course
MATH 115 Statistics
Natural Science elective with lab
Sophomore Year (Spring)
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting
BLAW 200 Legal Environment of Business
ICS 111 Intro to Computer Science
ICS 200 Web Technology
MATH 203 or 205 Business/regular Calculus

*Note: Students completing these 62-63 credits are encouraged to apply for the AAS in Business Careers Option III, after also completing BUS 120

Accounting 300(3)
Business 310(3), 311(3), 320(3), 393v(3), 495(3), 496(3)
Communication 459(3)
ICS 319(3), 352(3), 360(3), 385(3), 418(3)
Humanities 400
Management 310(3)
Marketing 300(3), 400(3)
Philosophy 301(3) or 323(3)
English 316(3)

Full-time upper division students would take courses in this sequence:

Junior Year (Fall)
ACC 300 Intermediate Financial Acct I
ICS 319 Operating Systems
ICS 352 Networks and Security
MGT 310 Principles of Management
MKT 300 Principles of Marketing
Junior Year (Spring)
BUS 318 Principles of Finance
BUS 320 Entrepreneurship
ICS 360 Database Design and Development
ICS 385 Web Development and Administration
ENG 316 Advanced Research & Writing
Senior Year (Fall)
BUS 310 Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions
BUS 495 ABIT Capstone I
ICS 418 Systems Analysis and Design
MKT 400 Digital Marketing
HUM 400 Changes and Choices
Senior Year (Spring)
FIN 311 Investments
BUS 393v Cooperative Education project
BUS 496 ABIT Capstone II
PHIL 301 Ethical Theory or PHIL 323 Professional Ethics
COM 459 Intercultural Communication II

1. Pre-ABIT: 9 credits
Completion of pre-ABIT courses as outlined in (a) above.

2. Business Core: 39 credits
ACC 201, 202, 300; BLAW 200; BUS 310, 311, 318, 320; ECON 130, 131; MGT 310; and MKT 300, 400.

3. Information Technology Core: 25 credits
ICS 110, 111, 200, 319, 352, 360, 385, and 418.

4. General Education: 36 credits
COM 459; ENG 209, 316; Hawaiian Emphasis; HIST 152; HUM 400; MATH 115, 135, 203 or 205; PHIL 301 or 323; PSY 100 or SOC 100; SP 251 or equivalent oral communication.

5. Required Coop Project: 3 credits
A 3-credit BUS 393v cooperative ed project is required.

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: 15 credits
Minimum of 15 credits of writing intensive courses at the 100-level or higher; at least 6 credits in 100-299 level courses; and at least 6 credits in 300-level or higher.

9. Minimum of 122 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.

Faculty bio: Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya is currently a faculty member at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, and program coordinator for the Applied BusinDebasisB - Photoess and Information Technology (ABIT) baccalaureate program. Dr. Bhattacharya has been working in the software industry for 28 years, having worked for large corporations such as Oracle and Microsoft. A resident of Hawaii since 2002, he has been actively researching the information security needs of small businesses since 2008.

As a former small business owner, he understands the needs and demands of information security, as well as keeping a small business up and running! Dr. Bhattacharya holds degrees from MIT, Columbia University, University of Phoenix and NW California University School of Law. Bio Sketch.

Contact Info:
debasisb at hawaii dot edu | 808 984 3619 | @uhmcabit  | LinkedIn

Recent presentations by Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya

1. November 3, 2015 – NIST NICE Conference 2015, San Diego, CA
Presentation on Cybersecurity entitled “Impact of Cybersecurity Education in High Schools and Small Business Community in Hawaii

2. October 23, 2015 – NSF ATE PI Conference 2015, Washington, DC
Showcase booth session for cybersecurity projects at UHMC under ATE grant

3. October 14, 2015 – Kalama Intermediate C.A.R.E.S. Parent Education Night
Presentation on CyberSecuring your Home
at Kalama CARES Cyber Talk (PPT) and Cybersecurity CARES Oct 14 Flyer (Overview)

4. October 1, 2015ACM SIGITE/RIIT 2015 at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Presentation on Evolution of Cybesecurity in Small Businesses in HI

CyberSecurity Courses at UHMC

For high school juniors, seniors and college students who want to explore the field of cybersecurity – a growing field with the potential for great careers and futures! Learn through hands-on activities that are used by cybersecurity professionals to protect information and defend from cyber thieves and attacks. All six courses in this new certificate of competency in cybersecurity are taught online and over the WWW.

This certificate is part of the ECET program at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Details at Cybersecurity@UHMC.

Past Presentations by Dr. Bhattacharya

  • June 18 – 19 – Community College Cyber Summit (3CS 2015) at College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Presentation on High School Cybersecurity Education in HI
  • June 15 – 17 – Colloquium for Information Security Education (CISSE 2015) at JW Marriott Resort, Las Vegas, NV.
    Presentation on Impact of Cybersecurity Education on Small Businesses in HI
  • June 6, 2015 – Hawaii Credit Union League – Crime & Your Credit Union Workshop at the J.W. Cameron Center, Wailuku
    Presentation on Cybersecurity and Small Business
  • April 17 and 18, 2015 – Hawaii STEM Conference 2015, Wailea Marriott
    Cybersecurity Breakout Session – Introduction to Ethical Hacking

ABIT Graduate Testimonials

Shawn Coad, Class of 2014
Information Technology Specialist
Four Seasons Hotel, Denver, CO

Working as an IT professional in the hospitality industry, I am required to operate IMG_0668in both technical, and interpersonal capacities.

Leveraging what I’ve learned through the ABIT program, I have been able to excel in my current position and am confident my skillset will continue to open doors.

Alana D’Andrea, Class of 2013
Content Manager
ArdentMC, Kihei, HI

D'Andrea, AlanaIf it wasn’t for my ABIT degree I would have never gotten a full-time position at my current job and been able to transition from part-time accounting work to full-time development work.

I am forever grateful for the diverse skills and experience I gained from the ABIT program.


Steven Bechtol, Class of 2013

Enterprise Field Technician Service Analyst
Dell Data Center Solutions, Washington State

grad picI owe much of my professional advancement to the ABIT program at UHMC.  

The amount of one on one interaction I received from knowledgeable and caring faculty, sharing real world experience in such a welcoming and engaging environment gave me the tools I need to succeed in my career.

Laureen Kodani, Class of 2010
Entrepreneur and Lecturer Faculty at UH Maui College


The ABIT program provided an opportunity for me to acquire relevant skills in business, entrepreneurship and information technology.

As a result, I work from my virtual (home) office while supporting clients in areas that include managing content for websites, sales & marketing, social media, sales media, bookkeeping, project facilitation and more.

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

For a great analysis on Cybersecurity jobs in 2015, check out the report from Burning Glass!

There is a severe shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, according to an International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium survey of more than 12,000 information security professionals from around the world. The survey found that 56 percent of respondents said their organizations are short-staffed. Among the study’s notable findings, communication skills was the second most commonly cited factor for success, cited by 91 percent, right behind “a broad understanding of the security field,” and leadership skills were mentioned by 68 percent of respondents. “I think there’s an understanding–not only on the part of professionals in this industry but also on the part of hiring managers–that a really good information security professional not only has the technical knowledge but also has a desire to stay on top of their field and have those broad managerial skills,” says the consortium’s Julie Peeler. Security certifications are viewed as a reliable indicator of competency when hiring, cited by nearly 70 percent. The average annual salary is $101,014 and is 33 percent higher than the average annual salary of those without the certification. The number of security professionals is expected to rise steadily around the globe by more than 11 percent annually over the next five years. View Full Article!

IT Certifications!

Which IT certifications pay the most? According to new data from Foote Partners, the following saw median pay premiums increase significantly over the past year:

  • Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (16 percent)
  • Open Group Master Architect (16 percent)
  • Program Management Professional (16 percent)
  • Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist (15 percent)
  • TOGAF 9 (15 percent)…View Full Article!


Partial support for the cybersecurity research projects in the ABIT program was provided by the following National Science Foundation grants:
– Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 1204904
– Scholarship for Service (SFS) program under Award No. 1437514
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions
or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. University of Hawaii Maui College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.