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

Program Guide

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.

Course Offerings

Course # Course Name Credits
Psyc 1101 General Psychology 3
Psyc 1105 Introduction to Human Services 3
Psyc 1110 Drugs, Alcohol, and Behavior 3
Psyc 1201 Human Growth & Development 3
Psyc 1410 Psychology of Sustainability 3
Psyc 2102 Learning & Cognition 3
Psyc 2106 Abnormal Psychology 3
Psyc 2100 Group Processes 3
Psyc 2110 Human Sexuality 3
Psyc 2123 Basic Interviewing & Helping Skills 3
Psyc 2201 Practicum 3/4

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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 degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota. She started full-time at ICC in 1999 and has taught most of the psych courses offered, but for the past several years her load has focused on teaching General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Sexuality. Jackie previously worked in agency settings as a licensed psychologist and had a private practice focused on forensic evaluations. Jackie has a passion for teaching and learning and enthusiasm for sharing that with students, prefers the company of dogs to that of most people, and has strong interest in human-animal interaction research and the relatively new field of anthrozoology.


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. 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 regularly teaches Human Growth & Development, General Psychology, Group Processes, and Abnormal Psychology. Marlo also is a faculty advisor for the student led group Cru on campus.She also coaches Nordic (cross country) skiing at Grand Rapids High School in the winter months.Besides spending time with her husband and kids, Marlo especially enjoys Nordic skiing, road and mountain biking, spending time at the cabin, and doing projects around the house.