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Important Update:

The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.


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Dr. Cari M. Deen is currently a full time lecturer here at UCO. She teaches primarily online for UCO, and she has been teaching at UCO for 17 of the 24 years in which she has been teaching at the university level. In addition to teaching online, Dr. Deen designs and revamps online courses for UCO. Dr. Deen was born in Tulsa and raised in Norman, but she spent time in California, Missouri, and Australia after high school. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California where she earned a B.A. in biology. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma where she studied physiological ecology with an emphasis in herpetology. Dr. Deen has two sons, Trey and Sam; and one daughter, Sara, who seems to be following her footsteps into herpetology.  

Education and Certifications

B.A. Scripps College

M.S. University of Oklahoma

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

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