Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA)

Preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers

MESA Program at Columbia Basin College

If you are interested in the MESA program, please fill out the online application. Once your application has been reviewed by the MESA director, you will be contacted by email to schedule a meeting.

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What is MESA?

You've probably heard a lot about STEM already, right? Degrees in science, technology, engineering or math have become more popular than ever before as the world rushes to keep up with innovations, theories and design burgeoning before us. The MESA program at CBC wants to help students like you, who are interested in pursuing degrees and careers in these important fields, by providing extra support through advising, internship and career opportunities as well as professional development even while you are still a student. 

The goal of MESA is to increase the number of historically underrepresented community college students (including African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, Pacific Islander and women) who are interested in pursuing a STEM bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, we aim to diversify the STEM workforce by addressing challenges students like you face in education and career development.

MESA students

MESA Eligibility

You may be eligible for MESA if you meet a variety of the following requirements:

  • Underrepresented in STEM fields including African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and women students. 
  • First-generation college student (parents did not receive a four year bachelor's degree).
  • Students at an economic disadvantage.
  • U.S. citizens, resident aliens, permanent residents, DACA approved, DACA eligible, HB1079/WASFA eligible and undocumented students.
  • No previous bachelor's degree earned. 

Common Majors in MESA

  • Biology (and any related area)
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security*
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geology
  • Engineering (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene*
  • Pre-Nursing*
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Health Physics*
  • Agriculture
  • Math/STEM teacher

*CBC Eligible Programs

If you do not see your area of interest, please contact us as you may be eligible. 

Benefits of Joining MESA

Once you qualify, you can receive a wide range of services to help you excel academically and professionally, including:

  • Career and proffesional development.
  • Information on internships, scholarships or research in your field of study.
  • Visits to universities, STEM conferences, industry visits and networking opportunities.
  • Academic advising and transfer planning.
  • MESA lending program
    • Textbook, calculators and laptops.
  • MESA Student Study Center
    • located in the T-Building, room T128
    • access to class supplies
    • tutoring
    • free printing
Students with book

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“MESA not only helped guide me while choosing my classes, major and possible universities to transfer to while at CBC; it gave me a family-like support system that I feel confident returning to for support and guidance.”

Lourdes Romero, CBC MESA Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

Complete the application online and submit it for review.

You will be notified about the status of your application via email within 1 week of submission.

No, there is no deadline for the MESA application. We accept applications on a rolling basis. 

Yes, you can join MESA if you are part of another support program such as CAMP and TRIO. If you have any questions or need information about MESA, please do not hesitate to contact the MESA staff.

Yes, Running Start students are eligible to be a part of MESA. 



  • Phone:509-542-4538

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301T Building, Room 127

  • Office Hours:Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pmFriday: 7:30 am to noon