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Science academia, also known as STEM academia, is an academic aesthetic specializing in the formal, natural, and, to a lesser extent, social sciences. It differs from most other academic aesthetics, including the most popular in the category, which center on the arts and humanities.

Science academia visuals vary among disciplines, but they share some common traits. Like many other academic aesthetics, science academia visuals are predominantly inspired by photographs from and paraphernalia prevalent in academic settings during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The most popular branches of science presented in visuals and communities are mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology.

Science academia is often described as dark academia applied to the sciences.


Central to science academia philosophy are the values of the scientific method and the pursuit of knowledge.

  • Discovery is your motive.
  • Learning for the sake of learning.
  • Stay curious and keep asking questions.
  • Knowledge is found through experimentation.
  • Nothing is impossible to discover
  • Knowledge is worth the risk


  • Staying up till 4 AM just to look out into the sky.
  • Staying up till 4 AM to finish your thesis.
  • Trolling greedy universities and publishers by copying the DOIs/URLs of journal artilces into Sci-Hub
  • Ranting about this new advancements in your field to anybody who would listen.
  • Ranting about the importance of your field to anybody who listens.
  • Arguing about which discipline is the best/most important
  • Spending hours searching universities' libraries for science books to read in your spare time.
  • Reading scientific articles not related to your specialty, for the taste of science.
  • Science Fiction in any form.
  • Playing chess
  • Attending public lectures.
  • Seeing if grad students and professors real academics or just NPCs.
  • Writing a scientific article about your last research.
  • Re-watching video lectures for the 100th time.
  • Passionately debating theories and ideas.
  • Being excited over the smallest interesting fact or smallest discovery
  • Correcting people for small factual mistakes
  • Theorizing
  • Going down research rabbit holes
  • Contributed knowledge to public edit-able documents (ex. Wikipedia)
  • Asking and answering questions on Reddit and Quora
  • Seeing the beauty of the universe
  • Preferring the mysteries of the universe to fantasy any day (And thinking of reasons real life could be just as exciting)
  • Always hoping/expecting you will uncover something new in the back of your mind, but not admitting it
  • Being surprised nobody understood your reference to an obscure sci-fi comedy rpg from the 80s
  • Researching conspiracy theories (or anything borderline sci-fi)
  • Not being able to pass up a good deal
  • Your go to phrase is "logic" or something similar


  • Science in all forms
  • Obscure books and lots of diagrams
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Drinking a lot of coffee
  • p<.05 (Statistical significance)
  • Science fiction
  • Confusion
  • Late nights
  • Studying
  • Universities
  • Laboratories
  • Glasses
  • Safety googles/Lab coats
  • Finishing (Maybe) 2 books a month
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Sustainability


Visuals are very similar to Chaotic Academia and Dark Academia with a mix with science and logic and a lot of room for personal style. The main idea is anything comfortable for studying and doing experiments but with a more classical or uniform-like look for researchers and teachers.

Warm-tone, earthy, and dark colors, especially any brown or black shades, work for this aesthetic. Brighter pops of color like bright (or not so bright) reds, greens, yellows, blues and purples work as well.


  • Print T-shirts, Texts, Any fandom print or Solid color.
  • Polo shirts
  • Button downs
  • Work-type blouses
  • Lab coats
  • Coats in general (trench coats, overcoats, etc)
  • Blazers
  • Sweaters, turtle-neck sweaters, and anything for cold and rainy weather
  • Anything with pockets


  • Any comfortable pants, (Jeans, Trousers, looser pants)
  • Suit pants
  • Skirts (mid/long length, plaid, pencil, or anything with great mobility)
  • Cigarette pants
  • Pinafores


  • Boots (ankle boots, Dr. Martens, Combat boots
  • Oxfords
  • Mary Janes
  • Knee high socks
  • Solid colour tights
  • Sneakers
  • Kitten heels


  • Satchel/tote bag to hold your books, chess board, journal, computer, etc.
  • Watches
  • Hair ties
  • Thick belts
  • Glasses/Goggles
  • Simple jewelry
  • Enamel pins to decorate your stuff
  • Anything simple and small.


Work clothing

  • Alexandra Workwear
  • Medisave
  • Better Equipped
  • Nothing but safety glasses

Themed clothing

  • TeePublic
  • RedBubble
  • Shenova Fashion
  • ScienceWear

Cambridge Public Library


  • Universities and colleges
  • Old libraries and bookstores
  • Studying in rainy/cold weather (and feeling mysterious)
  • Indoor spaces
  • Any time between 10 pm and 6 am
  • Museums
  • Messy Desks
  • Studying a very specific question from the lecture during breaks
  • Old stores
  • Telescope observatories
  • Notebooks filled up to the edge with equations and writings
  • Science fiction
  • Video Lectures
  • Historic sites and locations
  • Historic towns and cities
  • Old towns
  • A dark linoleum-tiled hallway
  • Glass vial topped with a rubber stopper
  • Mad scientists and inventive chemists
  • Periodic table
  • A computer with many tabs open
  • Astronomy maps
  • Globes and maps
  • A room plastered with posters
  • Long summer road trips to see something obscure
  • Windows open to get your only fresh air for the day
  • Stretching while not getting off your seat



  • Reddit
  • Quora
  • ResearchGate
  • Sci-Hub
  • YouTube

Figures and entertainment

Natural sciences

  • Hank Green
  • Whisper of the heart
  • X-Files
  • Contact (Carl Sagan)
  • Contact (1997)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Creation (2009)
  • Any Star Wars film
  • A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • Experimenter (2015)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • Westworld (2016- )
  • Any video lectures in your field
  • Chaotic Academia: A Noir Robotics Mystery
  • Dr. Stone
  • Any Star trek film
  • Space Force
  • Mythbusters
  • ASAP Science (YouTube)
  • Numberphile (YouTube)
  • Sam O'Nella Academy (YouTube)

Social Sciences

  • Dystopia - 1984, cyberpunk, Snow Piercer, Hunger Games, Mad Max, etc.
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • Adam Ruins Everything (TV Show)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (TV Show)
  • Richard D. Wolff
  • Noam Chomsky
  • George Orwell
  • Chris Hedges
  • David Harvey
  • John Green
  • David Graeber
  • Karl Marx & Fredirch Engels
  • C. Wright Mills
  • David Ricardo
  • Adam Smith
  • Oxford University Press
  • Cambridge University Press (tend to expensive af)
  • University of Chicago Press
  • New York University Press
  • Yale University Press
  • Harvard University Press
  • Max Weber
  • Emile Durkheim
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Eric Hobsbawm
  • Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Adam Tooze
  • Ariana Holschild
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • James C. Scott
  • Vice News
  • VOX
  • ProPublica
  • The Guardian
  • Step-Back History (YouTube)
  • Crash Course (YouTube)
  • Wise Crack (YouTube)
  • Caspian Report (YouTube)
  • Zed Statistics (YouTube)
  • Alternate History (YouTube)
  • Knowledge Hub (YouTube)
  • Philosphy Tube (YouTube)
  • Second Thought (YouTube)
  • The Cynical Historian (YouTube)
  • The Real News Network (YouTube)
  • The Take (YouTube)
  • Unlearning Economics (YouTube)
  • VlogBrothers (YouTube)



  • Knowing multiple Pi's decimals
  • Advanced equations
  • Still need a calculator for basic math, just in case

A physics joke


  • New particles are exciting.
  • Being frustrated that we only know about 5% of what the universe is made of.
  • Thinking that, except for math, all other disciplines descend from Physics at some point.
  • Albert Einstein and Richard P. Feynman


  • Colors in glass tubes.
  • Experiments that looks cool but are also very dangerous.
  • Lab safety is a priority.
  • Marie Curie


  • Star maps.
  • Being in awe at the arid pictures of Mars surface.
  • Knowing about actual facts of astronomy.
  • Space is their favorite art form.
  • Planetariums.
  • Thinking of realistic alien scenarios, and finding them just as cool as you would any film depiction of aliens.

A technological diagram


  • Robots.
  • The unstoppable machine of progress.
  • Mentally deconstructing objects around you to try to understand them.
  • Everything is a neural network


  • The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
  • Old plates with animals or plants or fungi all over them.
  • Trivia on animals and plants.
  • Pretty microscopic view pictures.
  • Zoos and Aquariums.
  • All day everyday in the lab
  • Charles Darwin


  • Diagrams of skulls and human anatomy.
  • The most cryptic writing possible.
  • Learning impressive quantities of knowledge in very little time.
  • Having a profound passion for your medical specialty, especially if it's an obscure or weird one.
  • For Forensics students, a very chill relationship to death. They love a good artistic memento mori, especially when based on science and medicine.
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry


  • Loving or hating Freud/Jung/etc.
  • Having an outdated phrenology poster.
  • Finding pathological traits in everyone around you.
  • Can name all the historical experiments


  • Debating whether "the Protestant Ethic" proposed by Max Weber or The English Enclosures descrived by Karl Polanyi offset the development of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Cringing at how we've know about the causes of suicide since the the publication of Emile Durkheim's Suicide published in 1897, but nobody listens.
  • Trying to figure out whether if Shell Shock and PTSD were medical pretexts to shut down anti-war sentiment (Note even if you do have true trauma, the object of expamination is how society reacts to it).
  • Trying to calm your friends down about the latest moral panic before they form mob and go on a witch hunt
  • Don't even try to talk politics with your friends anymore unless you wanna give a monoluge that ends with them saying "I don't like to talk about politics."



Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Joseph Shumpter, and John Mayanard Keynes debate economic downturns