Department of Exercise and Sport Science


BRENDA PATTERSON, Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Professor of Physical Education, 2007—

BS, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1975; MEd, Middle Tennessee State University, 1978; EDS, Middle Tennessee State University, 1982; EdD, Tennessee State University, 1999.

LEIGH ANN DANZEY-BUSSELL, Associate Professor of Sport Management, 2016 —

BA, University of Alabama, 1987; BA, University of Alabama, 1988; MA, Northeast Louisiana University, 1992; PhD, Florida State University, 1997.

AARON HALL, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, 2017—

BS, Lipscomb University, 2008; DPT, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2011.

Department of Exercise and Sport Science General Information

Department Overview

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science students offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Sport Management or Physical Education and Health Teaching (K-12 licensure program). Students are offered a comprehensive program of courses and laboratory experiences designed to develop professionals for their chosen career field. The Exercise Science major has two concentrations: pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy/ pre-athletic training/ pre-kinesiology. Both Exercise Science concentrations prepare the student for a graduate school track in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, kinesiology or other allied health care related careers. A Sport Management major enables students to seek a myriad of careers within the sport industry, such as sport communications and media, sport marketing, sport facility management or sport team management. The Sport Management major seeks to prepare students for entry-level careers in sport management and help graduates get their foot in the door. The teaching major is approved by the Tennessee Board of Education and is part of the Trevecca Department of Teacher Education. It is NCATE accredited program. The Department of Exercise and Sport Science also offers an Associate of Science degree in Exercise/Personal Training. This is a two-year degree which prepares the student for career options in personal training and strength and conditioning. After an earned degree the student will be able to set for the personal training certification exam from certain certification governing bodies such as the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM). Academic excellence is realized through rigorous curriculum that reflects the mission of the institution as well as the mission of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Trevecca Nazarene University is to prepare students for a career in the allied health fields or in the sport management industry. The diverse curricular offerings of the department, integrated with several supporting courses from other disciplines, give the student a solid foundation to build a career upon. The faculty in the department aspires to provide a high quality educational experience that aligns with the university’s mission statement and core values. Our objective is to provide a vehicle that challenges them intellectually. emotionally, and spiritually in the pursuit of their career goals. The Department of Exercise and Sport Science strives to be the springboard that Educates, Equips, and Empowers our students to work hard, serve others, and reflect a “Christ-Centered” mindset in all their future endeavors.

EDUCATE Coursework that prepares them for their next step (graduate school or work force)

EQUIP Labs, Practicums, Internships (learning experiences outside the classroom)

EMPOWER Future Servant Leaders in their chosen discipline

Exercise Science (Bachelor of Science)


In the Exercise Science major, the faculty are dedicated to Educating, Equipping, and Empowering our students to prepare each to be an impactful partner in health professions. Through rigorous faith-based instruction, practical experience, and health-focused community service, our students will be equipped to exhibit a Christian servanthood while excelling in their respective careers.

Student Learning Outcomes for Exercise Science:

Upon graduation with an Exercise Science major, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand that the exercise science major is a student-centered program that encompasses the intellectual, spiritual, and service aspects of a health professional through discussion-based lectures, hands-on laboratory activities, and domestic/international service experiences.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge in the exercise science core including: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise testing and prescription, and nutrition.
  3. Discuss and explain the core principles/concepts of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology of exercise as the basic foundation for the anatomical and biomechanical bases of human movement.
  4. Prescribe, implement, and modify an exercise prescription based on the principles of exercise testing to diverse populations at various developmental stages and under a range of health conditions.
  5. Evaluate the scientific literature in the discipline, understand and synthesize relevant information from it, and be able to convey this information both orally and in writing.
  6. Pursue Graduate degrees in related fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise science, or nutrition.
  7. Participate in activities to promote life-long learning and professional development.

Sport Management (Bachelor of Science) 


The Sport Management program seeks to have a profound impact on the sport industry by graduating students who are innovative, engaged, and professionally prepared. Our faculty are committed to provide students with a rigorous curriculum while maintaining active in scholarship and service. 

Sport Management graduates are distinguished by their critical thinking skills, practicum experiences, preparation, leadership and service to both the university and the Greater Nashville Community. 

Student Learning Outcomes for Sport Management:

Upon graduation with a Sport Management major, students will be able to: 

  1. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information through critical problem solving.
  2. Effectively organize and communicate ideas, develop written policies and procedures, and apply concepts, theories, and principles within the context of a sport organization.
  3. Demonstrate the qualities of leadership that are necessary for success as a professional.
  4. Understand and apply concepts of management, marketing, finance, and law as they relate to sport.
  5. Utilize practical experience and knowledge gained from experiential learning techniques such as community service, active learning, practicums, and internships.
  6. Participate in activities to promote life-long learning and professional development.

Exercise/Personal Training (Associate of Science)


In the Exercise/Personal training major, the faculty are dedicated to Educating, Equipping, and Empowering our students to become certified personal trainers. Through faith-based instruction and practical experience the student will empower the clientele to make healthier choices. Incorporating fitness and nutrition as part of one’s everyday life results in a healthier person.

Student Learning Outcomes for Exercise/Personal Training:

Upon graduation with an Exercise/Personal Training major students will be able to:

  1. Discover the purpose and the scope of what it means to be a certified personal trainer.
  2. Assess the benefits and challenges of working for someone else, working as an independent contractor, or opening your own gym.
  3. Demonstrate competence in nutritional analysis, body composition analysis, health risk appraisal and aerobic and anaerobic evaluation.
  4. Demonstrate skill in personal training techniques such as resistance training, stretching techniques, and weight training.
  5. Create an individualized personal training plan based on clients' needs for diverse populations.
  6. Create a business plan that includes a description of the business, how it will run, and what it will cost.
  7. Participate in activities to promote life-long learning and professional development.