- Introduction
- Historical perspective: cosmologies of ancient and medieval peoples
- Overview of the genesis of modern cosmology in General Relativity

- Cosmological Essentials
- Simple Newtonian Cosmology
- The Robertson-Walker metric and Friedmann models
- Empirical Pillars of modern cosmology
- Cosmological Parameters: H0, t, O, q, L, T(CMBR), Yp, Ob, CDM

- The Size scale of the Universe
- The Hubble relation
- The expansion rate (H0) and age (t) of the Universe
- Calibration

- The Age of the Universe
- Globular Cluster ages
- White dwarf age limits
- Radioactive decay and interstellar grain limits

- The density parameter
- The role of density parameter (O) in specifying world model
- Importance of O to H0 and t
- Relation of O to deceleration parameter (q) and cosmological constant (L)
- Measures of O, q, and L

- Primordial Nucleosynthesis
- Photon to baryon ratio (entropy)
- Abundances of the light elements: Yp, D/H, Li/H
- Entropy and the density of baryons (Ob)

- Cosmic Microwave Background
- Anisotropy and T(CMBR)
- Structure formation and fluctuations in the CMBR

- The Mass Discrepancy Problem
- Cosmological and dynamical motivations
- The need for cold dark matter (CDM)
- Alternative possibilities: MACHOs, MOND, etc.

- Alternative world models
- as time permits