The study of science enables a student to better understand the universe; to develop his investigative skills and methods of rational thought. The student, who gains these cognitive and analytical abilities along with the perception that science is not a modern Janus, should be better able to meet the intellectual challenges and demands of life.
The fundamental concepts, principles, and laws that describe nature along with the terminology of science are a significant portion of the curriculum. While science is not just a collection of facts, subject matter is the foundation of the science curriculum.
The curriculum classifies science process into two categories: basic and integrated. The basic processes are observing, measuring, classifying, predicting, inferring, using numbers, using space/time relationships, and communicating. The integrated processes are more complex and require application of the basic processes.
Through the analysis of science and science related issues such as genetic engineering and negative environmental impact, the student will appreciate the capabilities of modem science, tempered with an understanding of the constraints operating to limit its accomplishments.