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Are you interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)?

San Diego Mesa College has a variety of student programs that are aimed in providing the resources, tools, and skills to help its students succeed in STEM disciplines. Our mission is to support and develop methods that will improve academic achievement and ensure students are supported throughout their academic journey in STEM related fields.

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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Programs

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Programs

Established over 40 years ago, the California Community College Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Programs help underserved and underrepresented students majoring in calculus-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields who seek to transfer to a four-year institution.

Come visit the MESA Center in MS 120. For questions, contact MESA Director, Robert Monroy at

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STEM Center

NOW OPEN! The STEM Center is located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC-115) and is open M-F 9am-5pm. Now available to students: calculator rentals, laptop checkout, access to STEM tutors, drop-in counseling, model/material checkout, lounge area, and much more!

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STEM Conexiones

Launched in 2017 is the STEM Conexiones (STEM Connections) program that focuses on creating connections within the Mesa STEM community. Student, faculty, and pathway connections are pillars to the STEM Conexiones grant. Through this program students can apply for a STEM faculty-mentor that will mentor them over a semester, get access to STEM tutoring, and have priority to a designated STEM counselor.

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Innovation Research Lab

The Innovation Research Lab aims to empower our diverse student population to obtain their academic goals by providing educational access, support, inclusion, and lifelong learning opportunities at San Diego Mesa College. As a community college research center, we promote student success by linking faculty with student mentees to develop exciting research ideas, encourage scholarship, and nurture scientific identity.

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STEM Teacher Education

There is a shortage in California schools for math and science teachers.  If you are interested in teaching math or science, submit an application for the STEM Teacher Ed 2020-2021 Program.   As a STEM Teacher Ed student, you can complete your Teacher Education courses with a focus on STEM so you can transfer and earn your degree and teaching credential.  You will also receive incentives such as a SurfacePro laptop on loan and complimentary WebAssign Math access codes for your math classes. 

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STEM Peer Mentors

The San Diego Mesa College STEM Peer Mentoring program is aimed to help students develop and support STEM related studying and time management skills, while promoting collaborative peer mentoring related to STEM discipline and career.

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STEM Clubs

STEM Clubs focus on bringing students of similar majors and areas of interest together in order to build larger networks, collaborate and help each other with difficult subjects. STEM Clubs provide students with resources so they can succeed both educationally and professionally.

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Take on the challenge to learn about the disciplines that investigate and seek to understand the natural and technological world. Many students question pursuing a degree in a STEM field without the knowledge that programs are specifically created to ensure every student can be successful. Here at Mesa, there is a community of support available to every student and being involved in STEM allows students to focus on different disciplines.


Science is the broadest field of study in STEM; it includes different disciplines like biology, chemistry, geology, oceanography, astronomy, psychology, and many more. As science majors, students can learn and study life processes and relationships that shape our world. Scientists generally hold a graduate degree with an emphasis in a specialization. Exciting break-through research is currently being conducted in the science disciplines, now is the time to major in science!


Technology encompasses computer information science and related fields. As the 21st century continues to progress toward the digital era, the demand on professionals with a Computer Science degree continues to increase. Careers currently in high demand include cyber security, computer analysts and software developers. Many professionals can begin worth with a bachelor’s degree.


Engineers design, create, enhance, and produce materials and systems that are used in everyday practices. Most engineers are employed with a bachelor’s degree, although some may choose to continue to graduate school. Engineers can choose a variety of disciplines to study such as Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace, Environmental, Industrial, Electrical and Nuclear.


Mathematicians analyze data, sequences, and solve real-world problems using data. Many mathematicians earn their Ph.D.’s before entering the workforce. Careers include, but are not limited to becoming a data analyst, teacher or professor, statistician or even focus on applied economics/finances.