Berning, Leanne  

Dairy Science

3.89/4.00

45 evaluations


ENGR 228


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
Missed the first day, went to the second day. Went to the midterm. Went to the Final. Three days of class total. I got a B, easy. This kind of shit gives our school a bad name.

DSCI 230


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2000
Dr. Berning made what could be a very boring subject interesting. I came into this class knowing nothing about cows and she did an excellent job of teaching the basics. I would recommend her for any dairy class.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2002
Berning is great...I definitely reccommend her for any dairy classes you have to take. She lets you know exactly what to study and is very interesting.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2002
This teacher is great. I would recommend her to anyone that wants to learn some pretty cool facts about cows and dairies and that wants to get a good grade with no problem. This teacher cares a lot for her students and makes a really good attempt to learn about them and help them with whatever they need. Berning is awesome so just take the class and enjoy it.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2002
She is a great teacher I had a lot of fun in her class.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2002
Dr. B was a great teacher! The class was interersting and summarized...no BS. Study hard for the quizes because they can help you grade a ton! Labs are fun and often don't take 3 whole hours. I highly recommend taking this class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2002
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME teacher!!!!!! Definitely take her fr an class that you can, she is such a good instructor and you really will learn a lot in her class. She is so smart, she does math problems in her head that i have trouble doing on a calculator. Her tests arent that hard, they are all 50 questions and they are all worth the same amount. The final is not comprehnsive and there is only one lab quiz. If you show up for every lab, which i recommend, they were SO much fun, the lowest grade that you can get is a 45 out of 50. Nothing beats that. The book is only 8 dollars and her lectures stick pretty close to it, but some of the stuff she add to it in lecture WILL show up on the test. However, i went to the lectures for other reasons... Dr. Berning is hillarious, she made the most boring info so funny and she has the best one liners. Definitely take her!!!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
May 2002
Best teacher ever. Her ability to ability to teach students is surpassed only by her ability to inspire them. She will make you want to be involved in her class. Everyone should milk a cow before graduating Cal-Poly...TAKE A CLASS FROM DR. B!


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jul 2002
Dr. Berning is one of the most personable professors I have encountered here at Cal Poly. She gets to know a majority of her students through interactive labs which are kept to minimum enrollment in order to ensure one-on-one activity. Her lectures are interesting and informative. She inspired me to take up a minor in Dairy Science which I hadn't given a thought to prior to her course. As long as you study for the three of her 50 question tests, you will do well and learn a lot.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2002
THE BEST TEACHER AT POLY! FRIENDLY NICE ANSWERS QUESTION! WONDERFUL


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2003
THE BEST TEACHER YOU WILL EVER HAVE!!!!!!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2003
Awesome Teacher.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2004
FUN CLASS - AMAZING TEACHER ! Dr. B really cares about her students - she makes a strong effort to develop a relationship with each person in the class, answers questions thoroughly and clearly without making you feel inferior. She is considerate, friendly and attentive. She loves teaching and loves dairy. Lecture is straight forward - just fill out a notes packet, study the pages she tells you will be on the test and you'll do well. Lab is lots of fun - volunteer/participate as much as possible!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2004
Dr. Berning is a great professor who truely cares for her students. She presents the material with great organization and clarity. If you are AGB and need to fulfill an animal elective, definately take this course!


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2004
wow, all I can say is Dr B is the best teacher in the Ag dept. she really knows her stuff, and presents it in a way anyone can understand. Don't worry if you are from the bay area like me and have never touched a cow in your life. This class in interesting, well organized and you will know exactly what to expect on the tests. She has been teaching 230 forever, and doesnt change anything from quarter to quarter. She really only presents you with a note package which from which you will neeed to know the main ideas and terms. Her tests are right out of the notes. The labs are interesting and fun. You will get a tour of the dairy, learn how to milk, play with calves, watch someone do AI, learn how to judge and do some nutrition problems during the labs. You come out with a good understanding of dairy cattle and the industry, which may help you in a future job or internship. The things she teaches are things you will remember long after the class is over. My only advice is to go to class everyday. Some concepts are a little bit elementary and some are a little more challenging because there are so many types of people in the class. (hard core aggies and umm some ag business people who don't give a crap about ag.) I really reccoment taking this class for any ASCI or AGB support. Dr B is simply awesome.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2005
Just study the labs and the handouts and you'll do great!! She's super nice and will answer any questions you have.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2006
I really enjoyed Dr. Berning. She is a good teacher and directs her labs very well. THe tests are not too hard, but you have to study for them. I would definetaly recommend Berning for 230 and anything else she is teaching.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
Berning is an awesome professor! She is really funny and easy to talk to. First of all the lab is a joke and most of them are actually pretty fun, just try to have friends in the class. I never went to lecture and got a high A on the first midterm and an A on the second. The final is not cumulative and she basically tells you everything that is on it during the last lab. Coming from someone with NO experieence with cows, I actually learned a lot. This class is an easy A.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2009
She was helpful when I asked her questions. Don't be afraid to go to her for help, and the treats that she keeps in her office are worth it too! I am glad I took dairy science with Dr. Berning because I came away with actually knowning something about cows from no previous experience. An added cool thing is that you didnt have to go buy a book; the book was the class notes --but you did have to buy that. I would def recommend taking this class.


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2009
AMAZING!


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2009
AMAZING!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2010
DSCI 230 is one of the most fun classes I have ever taken at Poly! Dr. Berning is an easy going professor and will answer any questions. Labs are a ton of fun where you get to learn how to milk cows, collect semen from a bull, and play with calves. The class is not very hard to get an A in and the final is NOT cumulative. The \"textbook\" for this class is a notes package that is only $15 at the El Corral bookstore. I definitely recommend this course as a support course to anybody in the college of ag.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jun 2011
You would be lucky to have her awesome teacher! obviously everyone likes her! she gives three tests not cumulative her labs are fun and informative definitely will learn about cows no matter what!


Senior
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2012
I LOVE DR. B! She is so nice and pleasant. She presents the material in a very straight-forward, and this was the only class/lab I actually looked forward to all quarter. She wants her students to do well, cares about people, and is a no-nonsense woman. If you get the chance, TAKE DR. B! This class will lower your blood pressure, cows are calm, she is calm, the material is straight-forward. You study, you do well, she never pulls a fast-one on anyone. TAKE DR. B!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2012
She is an amazing teacher, class was super easy and she is really fun!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2012
GREATEST TEACHER AT POLY!! SHE'S AMAZING! The first lab: We eat ice cream. Do I need to say more? She rocked my feet.


Senior
B
General Ed
Apr 2013
Love her! I took this class as my easy, relaxing class to balance out with my tough classes. Definitely works well! She is easy and fun to talk to. The Labs are super fun! Definitely would recommend people to take this class!!


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2013
Dr. Berning is the sweetest! She knows exactly what she's talking about and she makes sure everyone in the room is clear on the information. Love her so much!


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2014
I absolutely adored Dr. Berning. She is a very kind lady and knew the material she was teaching very well. The grade in her class is based almost completely on the two midterms and the final. There was a lot of material on all of the tests but it is not too difficult if you take the time to study. The labs were all super fun and engaging. I highly recommend this course.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2015
She's has good intentions but she also has favorites. I was on her good side the whole quarter but I felt bad for those who weren't. She can get moody at times too and it really doesn't help that all her jokes were cow sex related. I guess that is the class I signed up for though! On the other side, Dr. Berning really wants everyone to do well in her class so even though I bombed her first midterm, it wasn't very difficult to bump by grade up. Lastly, go to her office hours! IF you're lucky, she has baked goods she'll offer you to try!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Professor Berning is so awesome! I looked forward to every lecture and thought that she made the class so interesting. Please please don't hesitate to take her!


Freshman
B
Elective
Apr 2015
Dr. Berning is the best professor on campus. She knows exactly what she is talking about and conveys it to the class very well. She always checks for understanding and is very helpful when you dont understand something. There are only three midterms that are not cumulative and very straight forward. If you have a free elective and like cows, please take this class, you wont be dissappointed!


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Jun 2015
Certainly the best, most knowledgeable professor Ive had so far! The only class I never wanted to ditch. Most labs are fun and Dr. B truly works her best to answer questions! She exhibits excellent instruction in lecture. She goes through each and every scantron to make sure that no erased marks get graded, and then goes through the effort to write your score down and staple the corner over to ensure privacy, and gets things graded fast!! I have never seen a professor this dedicated and proactive about grading before. She has inspired me to explore more fields in agriculture and is certainly an incredible human!! Even if you aren't CAFES, use a free unit in DSCI with Dr. B!!!


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
Dr. B is incredible!! She cares for her students, teaches with passion, and expects a lot but is very clear with what she requires! She wants to see you succeed and this is definitely one of my (if not my only!) favorite classes so far. Tip: Go to her office hours when you can! She usually bakes things and loves to talk to students about her journey as well as any questions you might have! Awesome Class


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
I absolutely love her, she is very knowledgable and funny and interested in her students and the dairy industry! 230 is not hard if you pay attention and care about the subject, and you will love it as much as she does!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Dr. B is my favorite teacher at Cal Poly so far. She was so helpful and caring when you had questions and is very educated in the Dairy Industry. It was easy to get a good grade as long as you go to the lectures and take notes. She gives an easy fill in packet for the class that really helps to remember the important stuff. Truly loved it and had fun playing with the cows.


Junior
B
Elective
Dec 2016
10/10 Recommend!


Freshman
B
Elective
Apr 2017
Dr. B!!! I came into this class thinking it was going to be an easy-ish A. I WAS SO WRONG. I worked my butt off and barely got a B. That being said, I would definitely take her class again. I had no previous knowledge about large animals, let alone dairy cattle. Dr. B really cares about her students and helped me figure out the best way to study for midterms. (No homework, but exams were tough). Pro tip: ask questions and go to office hours because she will remember you.

DSCI 231


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2005
Dr. Berning was incredible! I took this class because it sounded better than my other options and I LOVED it! I want take another dairy class as a result. The labs are fun and the lectures are interesting. Her tests are all multiple choice, basically three mid-terms (the final isn't cummulative) and if you study, they aren't bad at all. She gives you lots of hints too, telling you almost exactly what will be on them. I would highly recommend this class and professor to anyone!!!


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2012
Take this class! I was concerned about taking a dairy course because I came from a non-agricultural background but was so glad that I did. Professor Berning is an all-around great teacher and is passionate about what she teaches. There is no homework aside from studying for the two mid-terms and the final (Worth 100 points each). The other 50 points come from showing up to lab which is informative, enjoyable, and is usually called early. She is entertaining enough to keep students awake during class and you will leave feeling that you learned a lot about the dairy business. Her class is not challenging and is a unique experience that is not offered at most schools. She is willing to answer any questions at office hours and truly cares about her students.

DSCI 301


Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2005
I took the intro for non majors. A fairly straight forward course in Dairy, very informative! I recommend it, Dr. Berning is an awesome prof. She is out going, loves her job and encourages students.

DSCI 321


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2002
Dr. Berning was one of the best professors I've had at Cal Poly. She does expect a lot from her students, but she does a great job of presenting the material, and she's very clear about what's going to be on the exams. She's extremely organized and straightforward. I would suggest keeping up with the material, because there is a lot of it and it can get deep pretty damn quick. We had two midterms and the final, plus quite a few quizzes (she lets you keep your 3 best scores). Overall, she's kind of tough, but very fair, and a really great person as well. I would absolutely take her again.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2009
I just wanted to take the time to add to the accolades for Dr. Berning. Not only does she know her material and how to present it, but she believes her students can handle the material and has the very rare quality of making you feel brilliant even if you've made a some mistakes.


Junior
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2010
This class is very interesting if you want to do anything with cows. There is a plithera of material presented and it is very detaied. She does a good job of explaining the material and if you ask questions she will help a lot. She is has a bundle of knowledge to share. DO NOT fall behind. Study a lot. The two tests are essay and need to be answered with as much detail as possible. She gives about 6 quizes that are mostly short answer and drops the lowest. There is an optional final that is scantron. Heard it was hard but did not take it. I would take this class again if I had to take a physiology class again. But, I would say that the difficulty of this class is more like a 400 or 500 level class.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2012
You really can not get better than Dr. B she is the friendliest, nicest and most personal teacher you can ever meet