A new degree course specializing in optics has been established at Liverpool John Moores University. Although built on a core of physics, the course has two distinctive features which make it more than just `Physics with Optics'. Firstly the scope is wide, involving light in its many applications. Secondly, the optics flavour is introduced from the outset. Graduates from the course should be well equipped to work in areas requiring both a knowledge of the physics of light and optical devices and an appreciation of their engineering applications.