Fogle, Emily  

Chemistry and Biochemistry

1.47/4.00

47 evaluations


CHEM 101


Freshman
Credit
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Chem 101 is the Chemistry/Biochemistry major's Intro class. This class was pretty useless in my opinion, even though it was only an hour every week. She only allows you to miss one class before absences start to bring your grade down. Since she is my Faculty Advisor, I've had the chance to meet with her and ask questions regarding my times here. She was super NOT useful. You'd have better luck talking to one of your Chemistry Professors.

CHEM 110


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2014
Get out of the class while you still can! She is very vague about what's on an exam and is a very tough grader especially for a GE course. I had an incident where I had to go to the ER, and I sent an email asking if I could make it up. She never replied and when I went to her office hours she said that I could not make up the experiment.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2015
Fogle is super boring. You can't really skip class because she goes over a lot in each class period. If you have taken any sort of high school chemistry before you should have no problem getting a B in the class. She grades homework really hard. The labs take a long time but they are easy. Fogle is just so ehhh


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Feb 2015
Probably the worst teacher I've ever had. Get out while you can.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2015
Grades everything way too hard, for a GE this was the hardest class I've taken at Poly.


Senior
C
General Ed
Mar 2015
Material isn't too hard but she grades absurdly difficultly. Fogle is also very disorganized since everything you must know is in powerpoint slides, worksheets and ungraded hw with none overlapping in material. Also, imagine all of high school chem crammed into one quarter, crammed into one final. No Bueno. No Bueno indeed.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2015
The material can be a little dry, especially if you've taken high school chem, but there's no reason why this class should be difficult. I thought Dr. Fogle was fairly well-organized and covered all of the material between lectures and homework assignments. My biggest complaint is her assignment grading, which seemed kind of arbitrary. Still, I thought she made it fairly easy to do well in class. Quizzes were very similar to homework assignments; I found doing the homework and reviewing my answers alongside the key (that she provides on PolyLearn) to be a good way to study right before quizzes. The final was also a little overwhelming, but if you do well enough on quizzes, the curve will help you out at the end of the quarter.

CHEM 127


Sophomore
F
Required (Major)
Sep 2010
Avoid Fogle like THE PLAGUE. She would not give any help in lab when everybody needed it the most. Her quizes were so hard!


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Oct 2016
VAGUE AND ANNOYING


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Oct 2016
She's unclear about her expectations from the start. Her lectures only touch on the concepts and do not go into enough depth. She interprets students' having questions as helpful discussion when in reality everyone asks questions because they have no clue what is happening because she doesn't lecture enough. She regularly asks the workshop leader and the learning assistant for help during lab because she doesn't know what's going on the majority of the time.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Oct 2016
awful.... If you want to try and learn chemistry on your own then she's great!! Doesn't go over what she expects you to know for the exam at all.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2017
You're probably going through all the Chem teacher's polyratings right now going "oh god they're all horrible!!" They're not, chemistry is just difficult. All of the chemistry teachers at Cal Poly got together and decided to make this class universally challenging (I know because they openly tell you this). So this is good news and bad news: it probably doesn't matter what professor you get at all. Just use the reviews on this site to just figure out which teacher you might click most with, because office hours are your friend in this course. My first impression of Fogle was that she was a strict and unapproachable person, but she is actually very welcoming and accepting of all questions if you build the courage to actually go ask them. She wants you to do well. I liked her lecturing style, where she writes everything important out on the board so you can easily follow along with her explanations when taking notes. She is a biochemist, by the way, who worked with soil. If biology is your strongest subject her explanations might make more sense to you. I got a B+ in this course despite a big course load this quarter and perhaps not studying for the quizzes as well as I should have. You'll be pleasantly surprised if you take Fogle, because she is not as bad as the reviews make her out to be. Whoever you choose though, get ready for a big study commitment :/


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
Do yourself a favor and just don't take this professor. She is terrible at teaching the information in a way that her students can understand and her quizzes are significantly harder than any type of practice done in lecture or during labs. She is a very nice lady but just CANNOT teach at all. I even tried going to office hours but ended up leaving more confused than I was when I got there.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2017
worst professor ever

CHEM 128


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
I wouldn't be that worried taking her for Gen Chem, she is reasonable and is really helpful at office hours. If you want to get a good grade, and you put the work in, you can.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
I did not actually take this class, but I want to tell you why not. I was number two on the waitlist for Dr. Fogle and she did not let me in because I was already enrolled in another Chem class later on in the day. However, she let in the number one person on the waitlist even though she was enrolled in another class as well. Fogle does not treat her students fairly and if you are trying to get into her class, your best option is to not be enrolled in another chem class as well.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2017
Dr. Fogle is honestly one of the best professors I have ever had. She is not only an extremely kind person, but she is also a great teacher. If you are like me, you were reading through all of these other reviews of Dr. Fogle scared out of your mind to have her for a professor. But let me tell you something, do not listen to any of these ratings. Seriously. Dr. Fogle is not only able to present the material in a clear and concise way, but she is completely dedicated o making sure her students understand the material. She is willing to answer any questions you have and is always diligent about asking if we have any questions. She is extremely approachable and very helpful in office hours. I can't tell you how many questions I asked her and she was very open and willing to answer every single one. If she senses the class isn't understanding something she is very careful to re-explain the concepts and will go the extra mile for her students. I highly recommend Dr. Fogle, despite what many people say. I'm not at all saying this is an easy class, obviously you have to actually put in work to do well in the class (shocker!) but the difficulty of the class is no fault of Dr. Fogle's. She genuinely cares about all of her students and is doing the very best she can to make sure her students do well and understand the material (which isn't easy to grasp...because its chemistry...). If you sit in the back, talk when she is talking, play on your phone, simply don't ask for help if you need it, or just don't complete assignments you will do poorly (like all of these people giving her bad reviews)...obviously... because only you can learn the material, nobody else can do that for you...But if you actually put in effort, pay attention, and ask questions when you need help you will be totally fine. Dr. Fogle is honestly such a good professor, I highly recommend taking her class. Seriously, she is so good.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2017
Do yourself a favor and avoid this so called "professor". It is a shame for the university.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
I love Dr. Fogle. Let me tell you, Dr. Fogle is an absolutely incredible professor. Do not listen to any of the bad things people are writing about her on here. She genuinely cares so much about her students understanding the material and will go out of her way to make sure you understand it. She is so kind and honestly such a genuine person. I absolutely loved her as a professor. She is incredibly helpful in office hours and will do whatever it takes for you to understand the material. Her exams are very fair and straightforward. There are quizzes each week, as in all CHEM 128 classes, but they are beneficial to boosting your grade and make sure you keep up with the material so you feel really well prepared for the midterms and finals. If you are unclear on ANYTHING at all, just ask and she will explain it to you. As a tip, she can speak kind of softly at times so its best to sit near the front of the class. 10/10 recommend Dr. Fogle. Trust me, you will not regret it.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Obviously, I was in the position of many students when they saw that Fogle was the only chemistry class open - terrified. In truth, Fogle was a professor that truly cares about her students that put the time and effort to learn in her class. Despite getting a C in chem 127, and despising the subject, Fogle was able to teach chemistry in a clear and concise way to her students. Office Hours will be your greatest tool to success if you find yourself struggling. She will explain her material clearly and cater to your needs there. Take the time to get help if you need it.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Worst incompetent "professor" ever. What a shame for the school!

CHEM 313


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2010
Fogle did a horrible job at presenting material. The only reason I passed this class is because I went to here office hours once a week. Her tests and quizzes only covered a snapshot of what was taught in class so you had to study and memorize all the material when only a small portion would be on the tests. I would recommend not taking this class with her if at all possible.


Senior
N/A
Required (Support)
May 2012
This professor is horrible... Like everyone else has said, her lectures are so simplified and her tests are incredibly in-depth beyond what she lectures. On top of that, she is arrogant, condescending, and discouraging. She does not respond to student's needs. She should just go to back to her research lab with her mouse voice (can barely hear her in lecture). Also, she rarely gives partial credit, even if everything is correct and you have one tiny mistake. Its unbelievable that she is still employed as a professor at CP. AVOID at all costs for your own sake, I wish I could time travel and take my own advice.


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
May 2013
She doesn't lecture on half if the things she tests on. She assumes you know as much as her when she tests. She is a nice lady but a horrible professor. Half the class failed and half passed with no in between. I have been going to her office hours weekly and have been seeing a tutor weekly and still am failing.


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Jun 2013
She is one of the worst Professor's I have had at Cal Poly. All the material in lectures and lab seems very straight forward. However, she pulls the most random and in depth questions that come from out of no where to put on exams and quizzes. Half of her questions were NEVER talked about yet she expects us to know them in detail. Furthermore, how she presents material in class is not how she words questions on exams. Furthermore, I have gone into her office hours to ask about wrong answers and on several occasions, I had the answer right but because I didn't put the words in the order she wanted it was all wrong. TAKE ANYONE ELSE!! Or be prepared to fail despite doing all the homework and studying for hours.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2014
A lot of people don't like professor Fogle, but I found that she presented the information clearly and relatably. She does speak quietly, but she tries to be heard. I did not find her tests unreasonable. They did require a solid understanding of the material, and an ability to explain concepts, but were not too difficult or unfair. I would recommend taking from her.

CHEM 371


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
I had the unfortunate experience of being this professors "experimental class" because it was her first quarter teaching. A few things to mention: She basically reads the info off of a sheet and writes them on overheads and doesn't really explain everything thoroughly. The "study guides" she uses are not helpful in studying and the midterms often focus on one topic instead of a variety of topics she promised to cover. She often says we'll need to memorize something for the midterm and it won't be on the test. The averages for the midterms were always really low(50s and 60s) and she doesn't take time to talk to the class about WHY the grades were so low. Most of the class was extremely unmotivated because of this and many people thought they were failing the class. She holds off on curving the class till the very end and so nobody knows what their grade actually is. Overall, she has a lot to learn about being a professor.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
I had the unfortunate experience of being this professors "experimental class" because it was her first quarter teaching. A few things to mention: She basically reads the info off of a sheet and writes them on overheads and doesn't really explain everything thoroughly. The "study guides" she uses are not helpful in studying and the midterms often focus on one topic instead of a variety of topics she promised to cover. She often says we'll need to memorize something for the midterm and it won't be on the test. The averages for the midterms were always really low(50s and 60s) and she doesn't take time to talk to the class about WHY the grades were so low. Most of the class was extremely unmotivated because of this and many people thought they were failing the class. She holds off on curving the class till the very end and so nobody knows what their grade actually is. Overall, she has a lot to learn about being a professor.


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
Stay away from this professor at all costs!


Junior
A
Elective
Aug 2010
This is the absolute worst professor I have every had at Cal Poly! She gives a very over-simplified explanation of the material and does not explain it clearly. Don\'t bother going to her office hours because all she does is restate what she said in lecture. Her grading is unfair. I compared my test answers with others and it seems that she will give females more credit for the same answer...so beware. If you do have to take her class, I would highly recommend that you record her lectures and write down everything she writes on the board. On her exams, she basically wants you to write her lecture notes word-for-word (every little detail) to receive full credit. Don\'t bother reading the book (unless you actually want to learn the material) and simply memorize the notes to get an A...there is no actual thinking or application of the material you are presented with in lecture, just how well you can memorize her lecture notes.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
I had Dr. Fogle only for lab so this isn't the most accurate evaluation of her. But honestly, I don't understand how her rating is this bad. Either everyone is very spoiled in their past teachers or I don't even know. She is VERY helpful and will answer questionsall day for you, even if you're the annoying person who asks 100 questions in lab. So as a teacher she is pretty good, but she is definitely a very hard grader. I put hours upon hours into all of her assignments and my grades never reflected my work. I think she is just incapable of giving a perfect score, but you can still do well. Put yourself out there, she's not THAT bad..


Senior
C
Required (Major)
May 2011
Wow, I don't think i've ever had a teacher whose made something so simple seem likes its rocket science, the big broad concepts are lost on her and the idea of "learning" is heres a book. If i wanted to read out of a book all day I could have saved the 20 grand in college. Just a terrible teacher who had a streak of belittling


Senior
D
Required (Support)
Jun 2011
Like others stated, Dr. Fogle is a little unclear about what she expects of her students. Her lectures seem very simplified and reminded me of a third grade classroom. At first, I thought all of the colors and pictures were fun, but when I realized that she actually expected us to teach ourselves the REALLY important stuff, I started to get annoyed with her wasting our time. She does not explain what specific kind of material will be on the test and expects you to write verbatim what she tells you as your answers. I was absolutely astounded that I scored so poorly on my exams after studying so much and even helping explain to OTHERS material that she should have taught us. I went into multiple office hours trying to understand what I did wrong on these test because when I compared it to my classmate's test, our answers were similar. She would say, "Oh, well you didn't say this word i.e. Hydrogen bonds." And I would look at my answer and it would say something like hydrogens connected. And she said if I didn't actually have the words "hydrogen bonds" I couldn't get full credit. And she never just takes off 1 point. You would get half credit. All because I described a principle and did not say that specific word. I do not think I should fail a question that I answered correctly and that happened all the time. Her grading is not fair and her lectures are useless. She was very unsympathetic and unhelpful when we went into office hours and would just repeat her lectures. If you like to memorize her responses and the textbook word for word then you will love this class. If not, then avoid her at all costs.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
At first I was scared to have Fogle for biochem since her polyratings are so horrible, but I actually really liked her. She was very nice and presented the information pretty clearly, and if you ever had any questions, she would usually explain it again so you would understand it. I was able to get As on the tests without ever looking at the book (didn't even buy it). The tests were a bit harder than the information in lecture seemed, but if you understand the material, you can still be successful on the tests. However, every once in a while, she would mark off points for not including a piece of information she didn't even ask for in the question. This is my only major complaint. She obviously loves biochem and she made learning it easy. I wish I had her for lab because Goers sucked.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2012
I was frightened when I saw that fogle was teaching Biochem, my major class. All I heard was about how horrible she was. But those were from gen chem kids. She does not like gen chem and if that is what you are going to take enroll in keeling or bush. In Biochem she explained everything very clear and if it was important she would put it on the board and then it was on the test. Just write down good notes and you will do fine. I loved the class and she was a very good teacher. DO NOT be scared.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
i had her for lab, and she was really helpful but she talks really quietly so sit up close or just ask her 23098549035 questions like i did


Senior
N/A
Required (Support)
Dec 2012
The worst classroom and lab experience of my life.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2013
Dr. Fogle's class has no surprises. She lectures slowly (writes many things down on the board, only uses PowerPoint as a supplement and does not rely on it), speaks clearly (although quietly, so sit near the front if you have hearing issues), and tests only on things that she explicitly talked about in class. I did not open the book once, so I wouldn't even bother buying it. If you take good notes, go to class, pay attention in class, and try even a little bit, you will do well. I learned a lot in this class and was glad for the lack of busy work that a lot of other chem professors give. Fogle grades fairly, though tough - she is pretty particular about what she wants to see, but if you listen to her lectures she will tell you exactly what she would want you to write down. Overall, she's a great professor who I hope to have in 372! Oh yeah, same goes for the lab, too. Be able to take info from one lab and apply it to another situation. This was key for the midterms. Not exactly difficult, but brain-racking for sure.


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Dec 2015
Great professor. She explains the material well, and is very good at answering questions. She goes over a lot of material, but she talks slowly, so it is easy to follow. If you actually listen, pay attention in class, take good notes, and do the homeowrk, this class shouldn't be too hard. She takes questions from the homework for the quizzes. The exams are predictable once you've taken a couple quizzes. Anyone who is looking at her for a GE class, don't always expect gen chem to be easy if you don't put in the effort. You have to pay attention and go to class to get an A. Sorry, that's the way chem works. For biochem, she is great and is passionate about the material. Highly recommend chem 371 with her.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Jan 2017
Honestly the worst professor I've ever had in my entire life. She's senior faculty so I guess this quarter she decided to stop doing her job and started implementing a "new teaching style". Basically this new style is for us to come to class prepared by reading the book, her NOT lecturing, and then us being given activities to "apply our knowledge". These activities were dumb, complicated, case study worksheets that had nothing to do with the book material and just confused everyone. We would all end up googling the answers and copying each other and then averaging a 5/10 on the homeworks because no one actually knew what they were doing. This was because it's really hard to apply knowledge that you don't have. In addition, she wouldn't give us keys to these activities because, and i quote, its "not her job to give us the answers". This was THE most frustrating class to learn from and took material that really shouldn't have been that hard and made it rocket science for NO REASON. Everyone in this class this quarter couldn't stop complaining about her and she turned all of her students into completely mental cry babies because none of us knew how one teacher could be so incompetent... on purpose? Of course i tried going to office hours and explaining that the book was really dense and hard to learn from. I was trying to kind of hint that maybe lecturing would be a good idea. Instead, she told me that most biochemistry textbooks contain the same information and if I wanted to find a different one that could be helpful. She then went on to defend this new teaching method by saying that all our lives, we've become used to being fed information, and that this helps us learn how to critically think and apply information and that this method is better. She was acting like she's revolutionizing teaching when really, she made all her students want to die. This method can work in a higher ed classroom, or maybe even a 400 level class, but this was PRINCIPLES of biochemistry and I can unfortunately say that I learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in this class. I would rather slit my own throat than take another lecture with Emily Fogle ever again. Don't take her. Just don't.

CHEM 373


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
If you want to learn the material take a teacher who knows how to teach. She is a young teacher who has forgotten how it is to be a student. Her tests are just memorized facts from her lectures. Dont take this teacher I have seen her teach over the last 2 years for various courses and she has somehow become a worse teacher. If you are good at memorizing and putting back onto paper fine but there is no logic understand in her classes, tests, or lectures in general. Wait for another teacher!


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
Moderated Comment
Her material is presented with no organization. She talks to you like you're a child but tests like you have a PhD. Pretty much everything she writes on the board is worthless, but she'll write 10 questions about stuff she mumbled about for 30 seconds. The fact that she has NO stars on polyratings says it all.


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Essentially Fogle doesn't present information clearly at all. Her slides are worthless, but of course that's all she posts online. Her lectures are a similar recitation of facts with no real direction. Of course the class moves through the general topics but it's tremendously difficult to take the information and do anything with it after you leave the classroom. Preparing for her exams can only be done one way. Have INCREDIBLE notes. Truly, when you leave class, look over notes, create the most coherent "story" for the material you can and then ask her to double check that you are getting it correct. Then do flash cards or whatever to get it in your head. In general, she doesn't belong at Cal Poly. There is a great Chem faculty and she truly weighs it down almost all by herself.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2014
Just no.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
horrible...

CHEM 474


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2012
My favorite class at Cal Poly. Fogle is so awesome. She is very nice and makes the material very easy to understand.


Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2013
Dr. Fogle is such a nice lady. I just took Protein Techniques Lab with Dr. Fogle and I honestly couldn't say enough good things about her and the course. She is very clear and straight-forward during our prelab lectures and is always very willing to answer student questions during the lab. The homework can be challenging, but just make you go to office hours. DO NOT try to get it all done the night before. She's very easy to talk to and she's happy to help, answer questions, and walk you through problems you're having difficulty with. There are no formal lab reports due, but you do have to turn in your lab notebook and design two procedures on your own. The best piece of advance I can give is: be prepared! This is not a lab you can do well in without studying beforehand. Dr. Fogle posts a lot of supplemental materials, so developing your own procedure isn't so difficult. It does require a good amount of time reading and researching though. Finally, Dr. Fogle is very clear about what she expects from you. The tests are fair and as long as you keep with the material, you'll be fine.

PEW 588


5th Year Senior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Business majors: A degree for the intellectually impaired, HA HA.