Mesa College
Stem Core

Want to finish trigonometry, pre-calc & calculus all in one year? 

2020-2021 STEM CORE application is now closed.

click here to sign-up for the 2021-2022 STEM Core Program Interest List.

Are you interested in pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) degree, but think you're not ready or don't know where to start?

Stem Core Student

STEM Core is a one-year STEM-preparatory program with an emphasis in math, designed to help students finish pre-requisite courses in order to major in the sciences.  As a STEM Core student, you will become a part of a learning community that will provide STEM counseling, career advising, tutoring, and one-on-one support to get you ready to pursue a STEM degree.

When you become a STEM Core student, you take a set of courses during your first year that prepare you for higher-level science and math courses.  Hispanic, low-income, and/or first-generation college students are particularly encouraged to apply.  Students are required to participate in career exploration activities (e.g., workshops, job fairs, field trips, etc.) coordinated by the STEM Core team.

Upon completion of program requirements, students may be eligible for paid summer internships with a STEM employer. 


Fall 2020
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Spring 2021


  • The STEM cohort is extremely valuable where all the classes keep the same students. This way as we move forward in the year, as peers we can support each other and become familiar with each other. I also believe the accelerated nature of the math classes is giving me an opportunity to make up for a lack of progress in high school (Fall 2020).
  • I've found a great connection with Mesa because of the resources it has offered makes me feel more secure (Fall 2020).
  • I feel like I have grown a lot since joining STEM core. It's really helped me develop the skills I need to succeed as a college student (Fall 2020).

If you are 2020-2021 STEM Core students, click here to go to the STEM Core cohort page.

Contact us to learn more about how to become a part of the stem core!

Patricia Rodriguez
STEM Counselor
 (619) 388-2672
Carole Thompson
STEM Outreach &
Support Coordinator
Pavel Consuegra
Internship Coordinator
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