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Cosmology means study of the universe: its origin, history, and fate. This course aims to provide a solid foundation of the fundamental principles of modern cosmology, while also exposing students to cutting-edge developments in the field. Topics include the Big Bang, inflation, dark energy, dark matter, the formation and growth of galaxies, large-scale structure, the cosmic microwave background, and current research topics.

That is a lot of ground to cover in two weeks! Rather than attempt an exhaustive survey of all possible topics, we will focus on the core ideas that form the basis of the Standard Model of Cosmology. This model has been remarkably successful, yet has several major gaps; we will critically examine evidence, explore extensions and alternative theories, and learn about active areas of research.

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Session Three
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.


Completion of an algebra course and familiarity with basic trigonometry.