Program: Database Management


Database Management

Databases are the heart and soul of any business. Companies know how valuable their data is and take steps to implement databases throughout the organization. Our Database Management Program provides students a well-rounded, hands-on approach to learning and working with today’s premier database management systems. 



Start your career as a professional and/or specialist in Database Management, Development, Operations, and more!

  • Entry-level positions include SQL programming and back end web development.
  • Database Administration is a career that focuses on the operations of databases including data backups and data migration.
  • Database Management positions ask for people who oversee the operations and procedures of company databases to ensure compliance and security.

Degrees & Certificates

Database Management (AS + Cert) Curriculum Guide

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by Database Management Program.

Associate in Science (AS), Database Management 

Plan Code: 2127 – The Database Management Systems concentration includes coursework in the design, development and maintenance of relational databases. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in a computer field following graduation. Students wishing a Bachelors’ degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.


  • Analyze the data needs an organization or company, and determine how to best organize and store the data in logical, secure and accessible structures.
  • Design web applications to access and manipulate data using MS access, MySQL, MS SQL Server and PHP.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a database administrator, and how to diagnose and troubleshoot systems.

Certificate of Achievement, Database Management 

Plan Code: 3127 – The Database Management certificate of achievement is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills required of data management professionals. This certificate will prepare students for a variety of roles suitable for an entry level position as a business analyst, data analyst, data scientist, database application programmer or junior database administrator. The program provides students with hands on experiences in three database systems including Microsoft Access, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL Server. Students learn to write SQL, create database objects, organize data, report and analyze, program forms, plan a database around a business need, normalize a relational database system, and build database web applications. Students have the opportunity to take a Microsoft Certification in Database Fundamentals as part of this certificate.


  • Analyze the data needs an organization or company, and determine how to best organize and store the data in logical, secure and accessible structures.
  • Design web applications to access and manipulate data using MS access, MySQL, MS SQL Server and PHP.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a database administrator, and how to diagnose and troubleshoot systems.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Database Administrator Specialist

Plan Code: 4080 – This certificate verifies a strong foundation in the design and management of modern database systems including Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle.


  • Demonstrate the ability to install database software on a computer system and configure it for use.

Certificate of Accomplishment, SQL Programmer Specialist

Plan Code: 4158 – This certificate features instructor-led exercises and practice in designing and running programs in Microsoft Transact-SQL and Oracle PL/SQL, two of the most prominent and popular database languages used today.


  • Design, run, and analyze new and existing SQL programs according to commonly practiced industry standards.

Course Offerings

View courses offered in different semesters to assist in academic planning.

Course Name Fall Winter Spring Summer

Business Communications


Critical Thinking Using Computers

Microsoft Access for Windows


COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals


COSN 250
Cloud Computing in Amazon Web Services


COSN 251
Database Essentials in Amazon Web Services


COSN 252
App Development In Amazon Web Services


COSN 253
Security in Amazon Web Services


Database Concepts


COSP 237
Database Programming with SQL


Web Development with PHP/MySQL


Course Descriptions


What Does a Database Administrator Do? 

A database administrator, also written DBA in the field, is primarily responsible for data integrity in an organization. If you would love to work in the vast field of Information Technology and you have not yet chosen a title to pursue, it is important to familiarize yourself with the duties and responsibilities of several different occupations within that field. By doing this, you can make an informed decision about your professional future and scratch professions that do not really interest you off of your list. For very straightforward information on the role of the DBA in today’s modern business world, read on.

What is the General Tasks of a Database Administrator 

With the growing reliance on computers and database systems, businesses need professionals who can keep their confidential data safe, secure and well-managed. The purpose of the DBA is to do all of this on a daily basis by performing a specific set of general tasks. The actual duties of a DBA who is in charge of database administration depends entirely on the size of the organization and its database environment. With this being said, here are some of the most common tasks that you will perform if you hold the title:

  • Installation of database software and servers.
  • Communicating the hardware prerequisites and requirements to the systems administrator to ensure efficiency.
  • Configuration of the database software program before it is deployed.
  • Installation of updates and new patches within the program.
  • Transferring old data to new systems when deployed.
  • Development and implementation of backup and recovery plans.
  • Testing of the recovery plan that is currently being implemented.
  • Returning the system to operational status when there is a shutdown or failure.
  • Communicating the risks and the trade offs of the backup methods that are available.
  • Development of a security model to keep data secure from viruses and attacks.
  • Monitoring storage space and capacity planning.
  • Monitoring the performance of the server hardware and how it works with OS.
  • Troubleshooting the issues on the server and finding a solution quickly.

Where You Can Expect to Work as a DBA? 

Database administrators work in a wide variety of different settings. If you would like to still pursue the title of DBA, you can look for available positions in almost any type of industry in the private, public and governmental sectors. While many larger organizations do employ their own administrators who are employed directly for the company, there are also third-party database administration companies that will manage and secure servers for smaller companies who do not want to do it in-house. The cost of outsourcing the database administration is often lower than the cost of paying for in-house services.

The demand for database administrators is on the rise as more and more tech-savvy individuals have learned to gain access to private data electronically. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for DBAs is projected to rise by 15% by the year 2022. Since you need no more than a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field, this is a popular path for graduates who want to earn a large salary and want to enjoy a growing demand and consistency. Research for yourself what types of database administrator jobs are available in your area, and decide if this is what you should study. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

How to transfer and lookup comparable listings.

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.