Biology Battle

Hosted by Beckman Biology Olympiad

The Competition

2021 Dates

  • Registration opens: 3/27/2021

  • Registration closes: 4/19/2021 11:59 PM PDT

  • Competition date: 4/24/2021 10:00 AM PDT

  • Awards ceremony: 4/24/2021 3:00 PM PDT

Biology Battle is an international competition hosted by Beckman Biology Olympiad open to all highschoolers worldwide aiming to bring together the best minds for an individual and team contest. Bio Battle tests competitors’ knowledge of topics in biology, including cell biology, genetics, evolution, plants, animals, ethology, and ecology. The competition will include an individual multiple-choice exam and a team Biology Bowl. The top-performing individuals and teams will be recognized and awarded. Biology Battle will not only test your biology knowledge but will also be a chance for students to have fun working as a team!

Note: The 2021 competition will be entirely online

and will be free of charge.

The Exams

Part 1: Individual Competition

  • 50 minutes

  • Score will be used to determine your individual ranking; the average score of the team will determine seeding for the biology bowl portion of Bio Battle

  • Some sample questions: 

Part 2: Biology Bowl

  • Science bowl-styled game between two teams

  • Overall structure and rules will be similar to the National Science Bowl guidelines

  • Competition and buzzer system held over Zoom

  • Official rules sheet will be distributed to registered students




Campbell and Reece's BIOLOGY (8th edition or higher preferred)


Author: Reece

8th Edition ISBN-13: 978-0805368444

9th Edition ISBN-13: 978-0321558237

10th Edition ISBN-13: 9780321775658

11th Edition ISBN-13: 978-0134093413

Further reading will be beneficial for the competition!
Topics that will be tested on:

Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Cell Biology

Genetics and Evolution
Plant Anatomy and Physiology

For more study material, visit our Study Material tab. 

Awards and Prizes

Individual Prizes

Scores from the pre-test are used to rank individual competitors.

Top 8: Gold

Top 9-16: Silver

Top 17-24: Bronze

Top 25-40: Honorable Mention


Top 3 Gold Medalists will each earn $25 cash prize


Team Prizes

Winning teams from the single-elimination biology bowl will determine the top teams.


First Place Team: $100

Second Place Team: $80

Third Place Team: $60

Fourth Place Team and Semifinalist Teams will be recognized