Gravitation and Cosmological Models
Apply the Einstein equations to derive Freidmann's equation and from there set up and explore basic models.
Newtonian and Modern Cosmology
Derive a universe model based on Newtonian cosmology and modify this to account for relativistic effects.
The Large Scale Structure of the Universe
Correlate theory with observed data including object counts, color evolution, WMAP data, LyAlpha forests, etc.
The Physics of Dark Energy
Use arguments from first principles and a review of the literature to explain the evidence for dark energy.
Conduct an in-depth literature search on one aspect of the course material of their choosing and present the results in a paper.