The course builds upon the concepts and skills from Middle School science and serves as a foundation for other high school sciences. It incorporates principles of chemistry and physics by emphasizing inquiry-based learning, process skills, and higher order thinking skills. Chemistry concepts include properties, composition and classification of matter, atomic structure and periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, acids, bases and salts. Physics concepts include forces and motion, energy and electricity, wave characteristics and behavior including electromagnetic/sound/light waves. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course reinforcing the experimental nature of science.