GRADUATE COURSES
Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
FALL A 
SPRING A 
FALL B 
SPRING B 
Particle Physics 
Cosmology 
Particle Physics 
Cosmology 
QFT I (Quantum Field Theory) 
QFT II 
QFT I 
QFT II 
QFT III 
Beyond the Standard Model (nonSUSY) 
QFT III 
Supersymmetry 
Cosmo/Astro special topics 
HET special topics 
Astro/Cosmo special topics 
HET special topics 
GR (General Relativity) 
Astro Seminar 
GR 
Early Universe 
Stars and the Interstellar Medium 
Advanced Cosmology 
Extragalactic and Galactic Astrophysics 
Black Holes & High Energy Astrophysics 
Notes for Students:
1. The course offering repeats every two years except for special topics courses, with the most basic courses being offered every year. Fall 2007/Spring 2008 is year A; Fall 2008/Spring 2008 is year B, etc.
2. This schedule is subject to modification in 20072008, for compatibility with previous years courses. Check the Dept webpages for actual offerings.
3. In general, core courses are prerequisites to all subsequent courses; exceptions are possible in special circumstances consult your advisors and the DGS.
4. Particle Physics and QFT I are to be taken simultaneously, whenever possible.
5. QFT I is a prerequisite for SUSY; both QFT I and QFT II are a prerequisite for BSM. Apart from that, students may take SUSY and BSM in any order.
6. Students must take both GR and Particle Physics before Early Universe.
7. GR is a prerequisite for both BH&HE Astro and Advanced Cosmology.
8. String theory is currently offered via one of the HET Special Topics courses, typically in alternate years.
9. In general, there will be one special topics course in HET and another in Cosmology/Astrophysics each year; the semester in which they will be offered may vary.
10. The astro courses in the last line can be taken in any order.
11. Cosmology is a useful but not necessary prelude to both Early Universe and Advanced Cosmology; those two more advanced courses together with General Relativity cover almost all the material of Cosmology. Its placement in Spring semester (year B) is arbitrary and it may change in future occurrences of year B.
12. The following illustrative schedules show what courses students with different emphases might take, entering in different years. Fewer courses are taken as the student becomes more deeply involved in research. Students who complete core courses via prelims, can either accelerate their courses or spend more time on research earlier.
EXAMPLE SCHEDULES
Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmological Student Entering Year A
YEAR  FALL  SPRING 
1 (A)  Core Courses  Core Courses 
2 ( B)  Particle Physics  Early Universe 
2 ( B)  QFT I  QFT II 
2 ( B)  GR  Supersymmetry 
3 (A)  QFT III  BSM 
3 (A) 
 Adv. Cosmology or Cosmo 
4 (B)  Extra/galactic Astro  BH & HE Astro 
Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmological Student Entering Year B
YEAR  FALL  SPRING 
1 (B)  Core Courses  Core Courses 
2 (A)  Particle Physics  BSM 
2 (A)  QFT I  QFT II 
2 (A)  GR  Adv. Cosmology or Cosmo 
3 (B)  QFT III  Supersymmetry 
3 (B)  Extra/galactic Astro  Early Universe 
3 (B) 
 BH & HE Astro 
Basic Program for an Astrophysics Student Entering Year A
YEAR  FALL  SPRING 
1 (A)  Core Courses  Core Courses 
2 (B)  Extra/galactic Astro  BH & HE Astro 
2 (B)  GR  Cosmology or Adv Cosmo (or postpone to spring yr 3) 
2 (B)  Particle Physics  Early Universe 
3 (A)  Stars & ISM  Astro Seminar 
Basic Program for an Astrophysics Student Entering Year B
YEAR  FALL  SPRING 
1 (B)  Core Courses  Core Courses 
2 (A)  GR  Cosmology or Adv Cosmo 
2 (A)  Stars & ISM  Astro Seminar 
3 (B)  Extra/galactic Astro  BH & HE Astro 
3 (B)  Particle Physics  Early Universe 
