Astronomy 422: Cosmology


Prof. Mike Boylan-Kolchin

Astronomy 422 is an introduction to Cosmology at a level suitable for Astronomy or Physics Majors. Cosmology is the study of the content of our Universe, where it came from, and how it evolves over time. This course covers basics of our understanding of the formation and evolution of structure in the Universe from the Big Bang to the present day. The material we will cover includes:

  • Cosmological models
  • The hot big bang
  • Big bang nucleosynthesis
  • The cosmic microwave background
  • Structure formation
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Cosmological inflation

Textbook: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology (second edition), A. Liddle

Prof. Mike Boylan-Kolchin (Department of Astronomy)
Office: Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) 1105
Phone: 301.405.3026
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm, and by appointment email: mbk@astro.umd.edu