Applied Psychology / Human Services

At ICC, you'll find a wide variety of psychology courses that will help you develop a strong foundation of knowledge during your first two years.

Programs & Degrees

Itasca is the only college in Minnesota that has an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Applied Psychology/Human Services. The A.S. degree is designed to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and skills for students interested in transferring on to earn a four-year degree in a human service related field (e.g., psychology, social work, criminal justice, chemical dependency) or those planning on entering the workforce. The A.S. degree affords easy transfer to other institutions through completion of the MN Transfer Curriculum. Successful completion of the Associate in Science degree in Applied Psychology/Human Services will provide students with the strong foundation of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for further education and/or employment in the broad area of human services.

Itasca offers a wide variety of psychology courses (more than most community colleges) that will help you develop a strong foundation of knowledge during your first two years. Our class sizes are small and the learning environment at Itasca is informal, with students and instructors typically interacting on a first name basis. There is individualized attention and instructors will help students succeed.

Additional Information

Course Offerings

Course # Course Name Credits
Psyc 1101 General Psychology 3
Psyc 1102 Industrial Organizational Psychology 4
Psyc 1105 Introduction to Human Services 3
Psyc 1110 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3
Psyc 1201 Human Growth & Development 3
Psyc 2102 Learning & Cognition 3
Psyc 2106 Abnormal Psychology 3
Psyc 2100 Group Processes 3
Psyc 2110 Human Sexuality 3
Psyc 2201 Practicum 3/4

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A.S. Degree Requirements

  1. 60 credits
  2. Specific program requirements
  3. Grade point average of 2.00 minimum
  4. A minimum of 40 general education credits
  5. A minimum of 20 credits must be completed at Itasca Community College

Employment Information

Students who graduate from the Applied Psychology/Human Service program are well prepared for further education in a variety of fields or a number of human service careers. The sky is the limit!

Psych Club

ICC also has an Psychology Club, which provides students with the opportunity to learn about and experience psychology outside of the classroom.

Meet the Faculty

Jenny Wettersten received her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services in 1995 from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University. Jenny is a licensed psychologist and has practiced psychology in Grand Rapids, MN since 1995. Jenny joined the ICC Applied Psychology and Human Services program as a full-time faculty in the fall of 2011, previously serving as an adjunct faculty both at ICC and at Arrowhead University Center. Jenny teaches a variety of classes, including Learning & Cognition, Group Processes, Introduction to Human Services, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Chemical Dependency, Basic Interviewing & Helping Skills, and General Psychology. Jenny enjoys spending time with family, canoe-camping in the BWCAW, hiking & cross country skiing, doing projects, and being outdoors, especially with her dogs and horses.

Jackie MacPherson

Jackie completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in psychology and Doctorate of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota. She started at ICC in 1999 and teaches various courses such as General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Sexuality. As a licensed psychologist, Jackie also has a private practice involving conducting court-related evaluations. Jackie enjoys getting outside and walking the trails with her dog.


Marlo earned her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (School Counseling specialty) from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1996. In 1994, Marlo earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of St. Scholastica. Marlo is a licensed middle and secondary school counselor. She worked as a school counselor in a St. Paul middle school for a number of years before moving back to northern Minnesota. She has been serving as a part-time instructor at ICC since 2008. Marlo teaches Human Growth & Development, General Psychology, and Group Processes. Besides spending time with her husband and kids, Marlo especially enjoys cross country skiing, road and mountain biking, spending time at the cabin, and doing projects around the house.