Instructional Programs

The delivery of education and training programs in line with the economic and social objectives of the FSM is an important part of the mission of the College. The National Campus is primarily responsible for the delivery of associate degree and third-year level certificate of achievement programs. The four State Campuses are primarily responsible for the delivery of programs that address the individual needs of their state, which include teacher education (up to associate degree level), vocational education, and certificate programs aimed to upgrade basic and specific skills, remedial English, and short-term training. The College remains flexible to meet expressed needs.

Placement For New Students

All students are required to take the COM-FSM English placement tests before registering for classes. The results of these tests determine the level at which students begin their program of study in English.

All 100 level courses, with the exception of math, art, music, computer, agriculture, and ED/CD courses, have ESL 089 Reading V or divisional placement to EN 110 Advanced Reading as a prerequisite. Degree students who test into the developmental English program are required to take ESL 079 Study Skills. Therefore, students often have to spend one or more semesters in developmental English classes before beginning study in their major program.

The math placement test, developed by the COM-FSM Math/Science Division, determines whether a student is placed in MS 095, 096, 099, 100, or 101.

Placement Criteria: Certificate and Non-degree Placement: Incoming degree and non-degree students are placed into the following developmental courses. Placement is based on divisional placement tests.

Combined Skills: ESL 070, 071
Study Skills: ESL 079
Listening and Speaking: ESL 087
Reading: ESL 088, 089
Writing: ESL 098, 099

Degree Program Placement: Degree students are placed into the following developmental and college-level courses based upon divisional placement tests. Students who place into any ESL course are also required to take ESL 079

Listening and Speaking: ESL 087
Reading: ESL 088, 089, or EN 110
Writing: ESL 098, 099, or EN 120
Study Skills: ESL 079

General Education Program

Academic Programs

The primary purpose of the General Education Program is to offer courses for general academic and vocational growth, personal enrichment, and cultural development which will encourage students to formulate goals and develop values for the enrichment of their lives.

Student Learning Outcomes for General Education

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Humanities
  • Info Technology
  • Info Literacy
  • Exercise Sport Science
Students will be able to:

Demonstrate the various elements of the writing process, including collecting information
and formulating ideas, determining relationships, arranging sentences and paragraphs,
establishing transitions, and revising what has been written.

Read accurately and critically by asking pertinent questions about a text, by asking
assumptions and implications, and by evaluating ideas.

Use the conventions of standard written English to write an organized, coherent, and
effective essay.
Students will be able to:

Define mathematical concepts, calculate quantities, estimate solutions, solve problems, represent and interpret mathematical information graphically, and communicate mathematical
thoughts and ideas.

Students will be able to:

Define and explain the concepts, principles, and theories of a field of science.

Perform experiments that gather scientific information and to utilize, interpret, and explain
the results of experiments and field work in a field of science.

Students will be able to:

Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of Micronesian history from prehistory to
the present

Students will be able to:

Demonstrate ability for independent thought and expression in at least one of the following
five areas: the arts, ethical thought and moral values, historical analysis, language, or

Students will be able to:

Demonstrate basic knowledge of computer hardware components and operating systems.

Demonstrate basic skills in using computer application software programs to analyze,
organize and communicate information.

Students will be able to:

Determine the nature and extent of the information needed and access the information
effectively and efficiently.

Evaluate information and its sources critically and use the information effectively individually
or as a member of a group to accomplish a specific purpose.

Students will be able to:

Participate in regular physical activity for at least one semester.

Describe the value of physical activity to a healthful lifestyle.


The following general education core requirements apply to all associate degree programs.

General Education Core Requirements - 29 Credits

English Communication Skills (9 credits)
EN 110 Advanced Reading (3)
EN 120a Expository Writing I (3)
EN 120b Expository Writing II (3)

Mathematics (3 credits)
Any 100 level or above mathematics course (3).

Natural Sciences (7 credits)
A science course with Laboratory or AG 110 or AG 140 (4)
A non-lab science or AG 101 (3)

Social Sciences (3 credits)
SS 150 History of Micronesia (3)

Computer Applications (3 credits)
CA 100 Computer Literacy (3)

Exercise Sports Science (1 credit)
Exercise Sports Science Course (1)

Humanities (3 credits)
Any course in art, culture, music, history, literature, philosophy, or language (3)

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