Headwaters Field Research is a trans-disciplinary field course focusing on the complexity of water issues in Colorado and the western United States. Discussions will engage a variety of disciplines including environmental science, economics, political science, land art, and public interest design. Students will learn to apply critical and creative thinking to agricultural, recreational, urban, and environmental water needs in Colorado and the western United States. The field component of the course will provide a sense of place and environment that is unattainable in the classroom or laboratory. Students will spend significant time in the unique, natural landscape of the headwaters of Colorado and the western United States, providing opportunities for experiential learning and research. Upon returning from the field, students will incorporate field research into the creation of trans-disciplinary projects that propose positive changes to the current discourse on the headwaters of Colorado and the western United States.