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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, which center on the arts and humanities.

Science Academia's 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, human anatomy, and physiology.

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


The appreciation of scientific knowledge and a desire to discover are the main motifs of science academia. Science academics strive to gain knowledge for its own sake and for personal enjoyment, rather than to accomplish obligatory means. The life of the mind is the best life, and everything is worth discovering. Whether it be biology, physics or anything in between, science acts as an incredible insight into not only the nature of the universe, but ourselves.

  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” -Albert Einstein
  • “Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable - a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.” -Robert Greene


  • Universities
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Old laboratories
  • Dark linoleum-tiled hallways
  • Rainy weather
  • Biological specimens
  • Astronomical maps
  • Scientific diagrams
  • Chalk boards
  • Shelves of bottled chemicals and glassware
  • Old computers
  • Vintage cars
  • Microscopes
  • Chess boards and pieces
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Lab coats
  • Glasses and goggles
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Planets/stars


Science academia’s fashion is very similar to chaotic academia and classic academia, with influence from the uniforms and formal wear of the 20th century. Silhouettes are generally fitted or tailored, and baggy clothes are often avoided. Color choices usually consist of neutral or earthy tones with the occasional pops of red, green, blue, and purple. All fabrics from wool and tweed to linen and cotton may be worn. Patterns are simplistic, with plaid and argyle being frequent.


  • Button Down Shirts/Polos
  • Sweaters/Jumpers
  • Sweater Vests
  • Turtlenecks
  • T-shirts (printed/plain)


  • Dress pants
  • Trousers
  • Skirts (Mid-Long, Pleated)
  • Jeans


  • Trench coats
  • Overcoats
  • Lab Coats
  • Blazers
  • Cardigans


  • Ankle Boots/Dr. Martens/Combat Boots
  • Oxfords
  • Mary Janes
  • Sneakers/High Tops
  • Knee gigh socks
  • Solid colour tights


  • Messenger Bags
  • Watches
  • Thick belts
  • Glasses/Goggles
  • Simple jewelry


As is the case with all academia aesthetics, activities usually involve the pursuit of knowledge in some way or another. Science academia simply applies the sciences to said academic activities. Activities associated with science academia are:

  • Researching within a field of interest
  • Solving complex math and science equations... for fun
  • Study parties for upcoming exams
  • Annotating STEM textbooks
  • Reading books (often sci-fi or scientific nonfiction)
  • Debating or discussing theories
  • Wandering through science museums
  • Listening to music while you work
  • Playing chess, cards, and retro video games
  • Collecting botanical, zoological, and geological specimens
  • Visiting museums, libraries, bookshops, and cafés
  • Going on picnics
  • Taking walks
  • Assembling an animal skeleton
  • Mixing chemicals in the back of the room when the teacher isn't looking



  • Foundation series - Isaac Asimov
  • I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
  • Relativity: The Special and General Theory - Albert Einstein
  • Starship Troopers -Robert A. Heinlein
  • Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica - Isaac Newton
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
  • The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
  • Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
  • Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dune - Frank Herbert
  • Ringworld - Larry Niven
  • Solaris - Stanisław Lem
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Contact - Carl Sagan
  • A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • The Martian - Andy Weir
  • The Time Machine - H. G. Wells


  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • Arrival (2016)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Creation (2009)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • Imitation Game (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • Jurassic Park film series (1993)
  • Oblivion (2013)
  • Oppenheimer (2023)
  • Solaris (1972)
  • Star Wars film series (1977)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • 28 Weeks Later (2007)


  • Breaking Bad (2008)
  • Doctor Who (1963)
  • Sherlock (2010)
  • Star Trek (1966)
  • The Big Bang Theory (2007)
  • The X-Files (1993)
  • Mindhunter (2017)

Video Games[]

  • Starfield (2023)


  • SCP Foundation

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