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.

Meet the Faculty

Jenny paddling in BWCAW

Jenny Wettersten received her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services in 1995 from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and prior, a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University. Jenny is a licensed psychologist and practiced in Grand Rapids, MN from 1995 - 2011.

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/BSU. Jenny teaches a variety of classes, including Learning & Cognition; Group Processes; Introduction to Human Services; Abnormal Psychology; Drugs, Alcohol, & Behavior; Basic Interviewing & Helping Skills; Psychology of Sustainability, General Psychology, and Practicum Coordination. Jenny is especially interested in professional ethics & conservation psychology. Jenny received the MPA Outstanding Teaching of Psychology in Community/Two-Year Colleges award in 2020.

Jenny’s community engagement includes: Past board member of GRACE House (Itasca County Homeless Shelter); Board member and secretary of Grand Rapids Area National Alliance on Mental Illness; Minnesota Psychological Association Governing Council member and Chair of the MPA Academic Division.

Jenny lives in a log cabin in northern Minnesota, and enjoys time with family, the outdoors, her pets, and her horse.

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 received the MPA Outstanding Teaching of Psychology in Community/Two-Year Colleges award in 2005.

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 Gangi Portrait


Marlo completed 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 licensed school counselor in a St. Paul middle school for several years before moving back to northern Minnesota.

She has been serving as a part-time instructor at ICC since 2008. Marlo regularly teaches Lifespan Development, General Psychology, Group Processes, and Abnormal Psychology. She has also had the opportunity to coordinate the program and practicum experience. Marlo also is a faculty advisor for the student led group Cru on campus. She spends winters coaching Nordic (cross country) skiing for Grand Rapids High School. Marlo has special interests in sex trafficking and demand reduction, survivor trauma, and performance/sport psychology.

Besides spending time with her family and dog, Marlo enjoys cross country skiing, road and mountain biking, spending time at the cabin, and doing projects around the house.

Jackie, Marlo and Jenny

For More Information

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

Alumni Profiles

Tyler Fentem in Graduation Hat

Degrees from ICC

  • Associate of Science, Applied Psychology / Human Services (Honors)
  • Associate of Arts (Honors)

Practicum Experience

Grace House Homeless Shelter
120 hours | 3 credits

Additional Relevant Experience

Maple Woods Assisted Living | Cohasset, Minnesota
Personal Care Attendant (2018)

Additional Education

Bemidji State University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Minors: Behavioral Addictions, Criminal Justice
Awards: McNair Scholars program recipient

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
M.A. in Counseling & Psychological Services (current student)

Campus Involvement

  • Philosophy Club
  • MPA

Favorite Memories of ICC

My favorite memories at ICC were my practicum experiences, my attendance at MPA, and presenting my learning and cognition project and Applied Science portfolio to the psych department.

I also enjoyed hanging out with my peers and building off each other in the psychology lounge, discussing philosophical issues in the philosophy club along, and spending time with the dean when he was available.

Alumnus Quote

​I chose ICC and chose to return to college in general because I had in interest in higher education. I wanted to live a different life than I had been living-- a better one. I had and still have ambitions to attain a doctorate in my field, and I am continuing down that path after building a strong foundation during my first 2 years at Itasca community college. Tyler Fentem

Haven HafarHaven Hafar was a full-time PSEO student at ICC, who graduated with an Associate of Arts degree. During her time at ICC, she was involved in the Psychology Club which provided her with opportunities to further learn, grow, and explore her interests in an especially compassionate community of like-minded students and faculty. With other members of the Psychology Club, she attended a Minnesota Psychological Association conference-- which was easily her favorite ICC experience!

After attending ICC, Haven graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hamline University. Since earning her BA, she has been working full time in the Cognition and Brain (CAB) in Psychopathology Lab at the Minneapolis Veteran Affairs Medical Center and the University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry. In this role, she coordinates studies that are focused on understanding more about genes and brain mechanisms involved in the development of psychotic disorders. She loves conducting clinical interviews with research participants, and wants to continue working with families affected by severe and persistent mental illness.

Haven is currently a part-time student in the Master of Social Work program, with a concentration in clinical mental health, at the University of Minnesota.