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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Facility Planning and Management

Facility Planning and Management (BFPM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Facility Planning & Management (BFPM) program aims to develop in its students recognized management skills along with knowledge concerning current technologies that are necessary for entry-level professional practice. Facility Management practice can be regarded as the management of a company’s or institution’s physical assets. The management of these assets involves long-term, as well as short-term, planning for physical facilities and real properties that integrates the organization’s strategic business plan and the technical components for that plant. The quality of work life and cost effectiveness of the organization’s environment are the goals of the facilities manager.

Building on a practical core of oral and written communications, mathematics, science, and business principles, the BFPM program introduces students to a wide range of facilities and management issues including space utilization, project management, space planning, energy management techniques, building management, facility assessment, and real estate principles. An integral aspect of the program is the experience students gain through two semesters of cooperative employment in facility management offices.

The BFPM program is accredited by the International Facility Management Association as having met the highest standards of professional education in this discipline. The program is one of only seven undergraduate programs in the United States to achieve this status.

By the time of graduation, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the FM history, practice, and profession.
  • integrate learning to address real world problems in facility management through planning, managing, and leading projects.
  • manage building systems, facility operations, occupant services, and maintenance operations.
  • apply assessment, management, and leadership principles of facility organizations and their stakeholders.
  • apply financial management tools to the facility program and organization.
  • apply knowledge of the fundamental principles of business, management, and human factors to the FM organization.
  • demonstrate effective professional communication skills.

The BFPM program is also accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).  Students are well versed in fundamental principles of business management and are able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles in business and management together with knowledge concerning current technologies necessary for entry-level facility planning professional practice.  They will be able to apply quantitative decision-support tools and knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the built environment to complete facilities planning decisions; formulate the team of FM professionals needed to deliver quality building services and explain the critical role the facility manager provides in operations for the organization.  Students will apply ethical principles, including correct regulatory codes, to facility planning decisions; demonstrate effective professional communication skills; and integrate learning to address real world problems in facility planning.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 135-136

This is a four-year program starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Facility Planning and Management (BFPM)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • MGMT1000, Introduction to Management
  • CONM1200, Building Construction
  • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • MGMT1500, Decision Analysis for Business
  • FMGT3800, Graphics for Facility Managers
  • PHYS1010, Conceptual Physics
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • MGMT1025, Computers and Business Applications
  • MGMT2100, Management Communications
  • FMGT2400, FM Property Management
  • FMGT2000, Intro to Facility Management

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • FMGT2500, FM Building Systems
  • FMGT2300, Space Planning
  • MGMT2700, Financial Accounting
  • GENERAL ELECTIVE, General Elective
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19-20)

  • FMGT3000, Facility Space Utilization and Management
  • FMGT3200, Project Management for Facility Managers
  • FMGT3300, Building Operations
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ELECTIVE, Technical or Advanced Practicum

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • FMGT4200, Energy Management & Sustainability
  • FMGT3400, Computer Applications for Facility Managers
  • MGMT3500, Financial Management
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • FMGT4100, Facility Assessment and Forecasting
  • ELECTIVE, Technical Elective
  • FMGT5000, Project Research
  • MGMT3650, Business Law
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)
  • FMGT4600, Principles of Real Estate for Facility Managers
  • FMGT5500, Capstone
  • MGMT4400, Business Negotiation Principles
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *


Day program students are required to complete at least: 

  • One course in Humanities 
  • One course in the Social Sciences 
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.  For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Of the five listed humanities and social science electives, BFPM students must include the following HSS Directed Electives:

  • Principles of Economics, ECON4102
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology, PSYC4552